Au Revoir Mr. Curtis


As soon as I saw the announcement that Tony Curtis had passed away I immediately thought of a post that Julia at Hooked on Houses had done back in October.  It highlighted he and Janet Leigh's Palm Springs home, which at the time was for sale for a cool $1.295 million clams.

I'm not sure why his digs from the 50's/60's was the first thing that came to my mind...

Source
Possibly because the houses features really stuck with me.  I don't know.  Visit Julia's post here to see more images of this fabulous house.  (And many others too!)

Of course, my thoughts are with his family and friends.

Organic Pest Control - WW


This is my basement buddy.  I go downstairs to do the laundry and he greets me.  He doesn't say much, just sits there.  But I have noticed a lack of those icky cave crickets.  So he's now my friend.  I think I'll call him Albert.  It fits him.  What do you think?

Back to School, Back to Blogging - Week 3

I was cruising through the Idea Bank looking for a topic to do the last part of my assignment for the Back to School, Back to Blogging class this week. There are so many good ideas that it's hard to choose just one. So I chose two.

585. How soon should we begin teaching our children about God?
586. Why have you chosen not to teach your children about God?


I know that religion is a very touchy subject, but I'm going to poke it.

*poke* *poke*

I grew up going to church off and on.  I remember attending church with my grandmother when I was just a little girl.  One of the few things that I ever did with her.  I also remember going to church as a teenager because our bus driver was the pastor at the Methodist church.  I also remember not getting much out of it.

Now I'm going to open up about how I feel at the risk of losing followers because I have vowed to find my voice when it comes to my blog.  You can't place me in a certain category when it comes to religion.  I tend to lean a little toward Buddhism and more Earth friendly higher powers.  I've never found that connection that many church goers have.  I feel that the Bible is a book.  History has shown us time and time again that it is written by the "winner" not necessarily the right one.  That is essentially what the Bible is, a history.  I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around and putting all my beliefs into the writings in a book.  Especially when so many other cultures and religions are out there.  The Bible teaches love and understanding, yet damns gays and lesbians and other religions.

When it comes to children...  my children have attended church.  They believe in God.  I try not to influence them in their beliefs because I want them to have a choice.  I want them to be free to chose whatever religion, or lack there of, that they feel most connected with.  When I first began to question my own beliefs, I realized that I felt like I was cheating on God.  I thought He would be mad at me for looking outside of the "Christian" box.  I don't want my own children to feel that way.  It's not that we don't teach them about God, I try to teach them about all religions.  If they were to have grown up in India, they would most likely follow Hinduism, Japan; Buddhism, Iraq; Islam, and so on.  I want them to know that just because we live in America, we don't have to believe a certain way.

Everyone needs to have faith in something.  Faith can get you through just about everything in life.  But I think George Carlin got it best...





And that's all I'll say about religion.

Where's my sweatshirt?

Guess what happened this weekend?  Fall arrived!!!

This is how you know that you live in Kentucky.  All last week, the weather was decidedly NOT Fall-like.  Highs were in the 90's, humidity was rampant.  Sunday morning I wake up and it's 60F outside and it barely managed to make it to 75F.  What's that?  You want to know what the high temp today is?  67F.  Yep, that's the HIGH.  I'm not complaining though.  Fall is my favorite season, plus I can now get that extra yummy Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  Yea, I know it's overpriced, but I splurge every now and then.  And don't forget that just because the "Tall" isn't listed on the menu doesn't mean you can't still order it!

Last week I was kind of absent from the blog.  Life kept me busy.  I know I should have been more committed and I vow to do better.  I swear.

In working on my week 3 assignment from Gigi's Back to School, Back to Blogging class, I've made myself a blog badge/button!  I really made it for you to spread around the interwebs!  Enjoy and if you're having trouble with it let me know 'cause I've just crossed my fingers and hoped that I've done it right!  You can find it in the sidebar.

Woohoo part of my writing task is done!  Now I need to work on picking an idea from the Idea Bank.  I only had to pick one of these, but I'm going to do both.  Secretly, I'm hoping for extra credit.  Maybe I'm kissing the teachers ass.... *smooch*




Friday Flip Offs - September 24th Edition


Happy Friday!  I'm so glad that I can see the weekend from here!

This week I've got lots to flip off.  Gigi is still working the Back to School, Back to Blogging event so Momma Kiss is hosting again this week!  Be sure to stop by!

To my OB/GYN's office... On Tuesday I got to visit my OB/GYN so he could smear my Pap.  This appointment is lovely all by itself, but when you add in the 2 HOURS that I spent chillin' there it just gets better.  My appointment was at 8:55AM.  I arrived as soon as the doors opened at 8:30AM.  I look around, smile nice, and say good morning to the other 4 ladies who are waiting to see the same Dr.  I quickly figure this all up in my head and deduce he's going to have to see all of them for only 5 minutes a piece for me to be seen at my appointment time.  At a little after 9AM, they finally call me back.  To the 2nd waiting area.  Finally I get put in a room.  A nurse does all the junk like take my blood pressure, ask about my period, how many pregnancies, how many kids, yada, yada, yada...  She hands me the ass-flapper gown and a starchy white sheet.  Get nekkid, she says.  So I sit, with my ass catching a breeze in the most uninviting doctors office I have ever been in.  One magazine, Field & Stream.  Not one single picture, poster, or clock on the damn wall.  NOT ONE.  I can't even open the blinds on the window to see if there is any life left out there because they've got those new fangled blinds that are inside the glass.  I sat for almost 30 minutes before the doctor finally arrived in the room.  I made it out alive at almost 10:30AM.  So FLIP OFF for over scheduling patients and making us wait in what amounts to the most uncomfortable place for we ladies to go.

To the overly loud nurse at the OB/GYN's office...  I understand that you need to take my information, but could you possibly call me to the counter before practically yelling my information across the room?  Oh and by the way, when you are calling patients back to let them know their lab results are back, why don't you do that from a separate room?  I don't know... maybe a room where there aren't 3 other patients sitting and hearing every single word you say.  FLIP OFF loud nurse!

To the over priced, insufferably shitty trash service...  Do you notice a pattern here?  You are on my list practically EVERY WEEK.  This week you are on it because guess what?  My trash pick up day was yesterday.  Not today.  I didn't enjoy picking up all the stinky smelly trash that ended up in my yard because you didn't arrive to pick up my trash on the correct day.  FLIP OFF yet again, Scott Waste Management.

To the lazy asshole... who pulled up in my driveway yesterday and blew the horn.  Not once, not twice, not even three times, but a total of at least 5 times (not just one honk each time either).  Are your damn legs broken?  Were your passengers legs broken as well?  Let me tell you a little secret, if you are too damn lazy to get out of your vehicle and walk about 10 feet to knock on my door, I'm too damn lazy to come out to see who you are and what you want.  FLIP OFF you asshole.

Do you have some vents to let loose with this week?  Add your post to the blog hop!  Make sure to visit the other lovely ladies as well!

Back to School, Back to Blogging - Week 2

Kludgy Mom
It's that time again!  Week #2 of Back to School, Back to Blogging has begun.  Thanks be to Gigi for getting us all motivated.

This weeks writing assignment deals with the dreaded writers block.  I have this all the freakin' time!  I just don't live a super exciting life.  I know that's a shocker because I am so damn awesome, but it's true.

The reading assignment for this week really had me thinking about the who's, why's, where's, when's, and etc. of me and my blog.  I started blogging because...  well, I don't really have a reason why.  I just started to do it.  I have a friend, Cam, who has been my friend since we were like 11 or 12, who first got the idea going.  She is an excellent writer.  She should be writing novels.  Super ginormous novels full of awesome-sauce.  All these years together and her writing skills have not rubbed off on me.  After blogging since 2007, I don't think I've found my blog voice yet.  I feel I should write with the true me more often.  Though I don't want to scare any current or future readers away, I feel it's time to start letting more of me into the blog.

On to the writing assignment!

Gigi has the best idea going for smacking the shit out of some writers block.  Guess what she's calling it?  The Idea Bank!  Clever, right?  I think it's awesome!  I haven't even begun to come up with any ideas to add to the list, but as of Monday morning at 9AM there are already 310 ideas!  Wowza!  It was hard to choose an idea, but I finally picked one.

#204 - There’s a Delorian in your driveway & you can now travel through time. Where would you go?

Seriously?  Marty McFly is in my driveway?  Sweet Mother of Pearl, let's get the hell outta here!  I sat, thought, sat some more, had a cup of coffee and finally decided that I'd want to travel back to being a teenager.  Not because I love teen angst or zits, but because it was such a carefree time.  Of course, when I was actually there it didn't seem very carefree, but now... jeez, it really was the best of times!

I wouldn't want to change much.  I would want to do more.  I would like to have spent more time with my friends actually doing something.  I grew up in tiny little podunk town where the population was around 1,500.  We didn't even have a stop light.  Didn't have a grocery store either... still doesn't have a grocery store.  What I'm getting at is that there was NOTHING to do in that town.  So instead of being adventurous teens who went camping or fishing, we did things like park several cars in a row in the middle of some random farmers corn field whilst passing a non-government issue "cigarette" from one car to the next.  Sure those were fun times, but we had no imagination.  None.  I mean, we were young!  We should have been more motivated...

I'd go back there.  Spend one day, one night.  Actually LIVING.  Instead of just sitting around thinking about getting out of that crap hole.  We were thinking about living, but weren't actually doing it.

I love my life now so changing the past would be stupid.  Of course, there are things that I'd love to go easier.  Laundry that washes itself, dishes that were magically cleaned, children who were well behaved, and to have inherited a shitload of money... but we all have dreams, right?

So if I swung by your place in the Delorian, where would you go?  Leave me a comment then visit my community in Blog Frog to continue the discussion.

Ready, Aim, Shoot!



I love the fact that the image that is shown before you push play makes me look like I've smelled something funky... it's great, right? UPDATE: I found a way to change the pre-play image! Thank goodness...

If you'd like to see a better view of the photos, just click here to visit my flickr. Just want to note that the only editing I did to these "out of camera" was to resize the images. I didn't adjust the exposure, colors, or anything else.

Don't forget to visit my Blog Frog community to discuss point and shoot cameras!

Bring on the Sparkle!

Awhile back (ok, 12 days ago actually)  I was asked to do a review of some diamond stud earrings from Diamond Earrings.org.

They aren't real diamond earrings 'cause I mean who gives away free diamond earrings? However, they are so beautiful!  I was really shocked when I opened the package to find such sparkle.  If I didn't know any better, I'd think they were pretty real.


I smoothed out around the earring in this photo because, well, I have an ugly fingernail.  They are still trying to recover from months of me getting acrylic nails put on.  If any of you have ever had your nails done then you know what I am talking about.  Other than fixing my ugly fingernail, I didn't alter this photo.  The stones are held in tightly by the good quality prongs.


They are a bit large for my daughters ears, but I wanted to show what they looked like being worn.  It was easier for me to have her put them on.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their product.  I do look forward to the opening of their store.  If you think you'd like to have a gander at their earrings then visit their website and order a pair before they run out!

*I received this product for review.  No guarantee of a positive review was given, nor was it asked of me.

Her Sarcophagus

Kitchen experiments #10Image by mickiky via Flickr
Last night I'm laying down with my extra speshul Kaia Papaya.  She always cracks me up with the things she says.  When it's time for bed I inevitably lay down with her and then she talks to me about this, that, and any thing else she can find to talk about that keeps her from having to actually go to sleep.

Kaia: Hey Mom.  Can I ask you a question?

Me:  Of course, what?

Kaia:  What is this thing called?  (She points to her throat.)

Me:  Your neck?

Kaia:  No, that thing where you swallow.

Me:  Oh, that's your esophagus.

Kaia:  Yea, that thing.  Well, my sarcophagus feels weird.  It has all these ridges in it.

Me:  Those are called bones... wait, what did you say?

Kaia:  My sarcophagus has ridges in it!

Me:  Your sarcophagus?

Kaia:  .... *giggle* *full on laugh*  NO!  I meant my... sar... esophagus!

Me:  Oh good, 'cause for a minute there I thought you were telling me that your coffin had ridges.

Kaia:  MOM! I'm not a vampire!

P.S. The image has nothing to do with the post. I just thought it was cute!


All This Time

Prom 1997
It all started way back when.  Meaning way back in da high skool dayz.  See how young we looked?  My, how time just seems to fly right on by.  I didn't even feel the breeze.

I don't think that either of us thought when we first began dating that we'd end up still being together all these years later.  We were just kids, hanging out, having a good time.  We started dating in 1994.  Had some ups and downs, but still managed to muddle our way through the vast maze known as high school.

We talked about getting married, but never more than a passing conversation.  I got pregnant with our son, Neil-age, in 1999.  The nurses at the hospital were not too happy with me when I told them that my son would have his father's last name.  I was shocked at how vigilant and forceful they were while trying to get me to NOT give him that last name.  They even tried to discourage me from putting his name on the birth certificate!  I think we finally started to really talk about the whole marriage thing seriously after that.  Suddenly, doctors, nurses, etc. were calling me Mrs. Bewley and I was having to correct them.  I wasn't Mrs. Bewley.  I was still Miss Garrison.

September 15th, 2000
Then one day we just decided, it was time.  On hindsight ('cause hindsight is so damn clear....) we should have done more planning.  And by "more planning" I mean any planning at all would have probably been the way to go.  No, we just decided that that day was the day.  We called anyone who would listen (mostly just family) and said, "Hey, we're getting married today."  To the courthouse we went!  There were several signs that this wasn't a good idea, including the lack of anything that resembled an actual wedding.  At the courthouse, they issued our marriage license, but the judge was gone to lunch.  I had forgotten that I had to work that evening.  Some family couldn't come.  Yet... it all worked in the end because Chris' step-dad just happened to be working at a church where there was a pastor who said he'd be happy to marry us.

That was a whopping 10 years ago!!  We look too young in that photo too!  What were we thinking?!

So now here we are, ten years of marriage and two kids later.  Still muddling through whatever comes our way.  I'm so glad to have him in my life.  I know that I can count on him for anything, anytime.  He's a man so sometimes he does some of the most ridiculous things, but I know that no matter what is going on, we're always there for each other.

2010

SITS - Back to Blogging - Day 2

Today's assignment: Re-upload a post you wish more people had read and explain why it was important to you.

I've decided to go with a post I did last summer about getting my hair chopped off.  I know it doesn't sound that interesting, but I did it so I could donate it!  I'm re-blogging it because I think more people should realize that even by doing small things, you can make a big difference.

Originally posted July 14th, 2009:

I wanted to save this post for Friday, but I can't wait that long. I also thought this would make the perfect "Think About This..." for today!  After reading this post, those of you who know me in the real world are going to be in shock.  I actually did this for one specific reader.  I've been going over it in my mind for a long while, but I've never had the courage.  Finally, while we were on vacation this past week, I found it.  The courage, I mean.


I haven't had a "professional" hair cut since I was in the 5th grade.  You'd think my hair would be really, really long, but it isn't.  I overprocess and have split ends to beat all split ends, but after the tragic mullet the hair lady gave me all those years ago, I trusted no one to touch my noggin.


 
Please hold your applause... this was supposed to be "feathered".  You guys remember "feathering"?


Chris has been my hair stylist for at least 10 years now.  As long as it's just cutting in a straight line, he's a master.  Last year, Cam's seester Ashley was kind enough to cut off just enough of my hair so that I felt like I'd actually gotten a hair cut, but without really giving me a real hair cut for my birthday.  I was so excited.


I took advantage of her uber-hairstylist skills.  She hooked me up.  I didn't even have to twist her arm.  When I told her what I wanted to do, she was on board.  I have to admit I was more than a bit frightened.  I was terrifed.  Not of her, but of the actual deed.  I think the results speak for themselves.


 
  
  
 


Do you see how excited I am?  I can't really remember when my hair was this short.  In fact, I think it was when I whacked off my own hair just after my son was born... 10 YEARS AGO!  Oy vey... I was in need of this.


We gently tucked my 10 inch long pony tail into a Ziploc bag and it's currently awaiting stampage from the Post Office.  I'm donating it to Locks of Love for Rubi.  Ashley is greatly talented with a pair of scissors and I'll never let anyone else ever touch my head.  I'm dedicated.  Plus this means more trips to south Georgia!  I love you, Ash-ah-lee!


So, yeah... Think About This... Ten inches sounds like it's a HUGE amount of hair, but you know what?  It's really not.  I repeated to myself that a child with any number of medical conditons was going to be able to go to the store or go outside to play because a wig was made from just 10 inches of my hair.  I hope that they love it as much as I did.  What are you doing with your hair???

Think you might be interested? Visit the Locks of Love website to find out how!

The SITS Back to Blogging event is sponsored by Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances.  Participate and you get take home Thelma & Louise!

It's great to be 25!

I'm so happy that I made it to 25 followers, fans, or likes, whichever you prefer to be called, on my blog Facebook page!  Mostly because I love you guys, but also because now I can give that page a username!  No more ginormously long URL.  Sweet!

I decided that I would do a giveaway to my 25th Facebook fan!

Drum roll please......

Suzie Q Survivor of I Married a Moron... And Survived! was the 25th person to give me love!


Ms. Survivor email me your address and I'll send your gift!

I'm planning another giveaway soon for my lovely More to Me-ites.  Love you all!

SITS - Back 2 Blogging - Day 1

This week is starting an overhaul of my blog!  First was Gigi's B2SB2B Challenge, now it's those darn SITS girls!

Yesterday I worked on streamlining my links.  At some point I'm really going to have to work on that "About" page, it needs some help.  Today I'm going to look back at my very first blog post.

I haven't always been located at this URL. I started out being 'distractmewithshinythings.blogspot.com'.  I eventually dropped the .blogspot and went with my own domain.  As I started to blog more I realized I was more than just a distracted by shiny things type of.... oooo, wait did you see that bunny????...  wait, where was I?  Oh yea, yea... I am more than just a distracted ditz.  So I landed here at 'More to Me'!  Ok... so back to that first ever blog post....

Are you ready for it???

How craptastic is that?! Wow... I really had no idea what I was doing! Honestly, I don't think I had any clue what a blog was even about.  I'm glad I finally found my 'blog-self'!

The SITS Back to Blogging event is sponsored by Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances.  Participate and you get take home Thelma & Louise!

Meet Thelma and Louise!!
You know you love them!  So get back to blogging with the SITS girls now!!



Back to School, Back to Blogging - Week 1

This weeks' "Back to School, Back to Blogging" challenge is about refreshing your blog.  I'm always looking for ways to make the blog better.   Of course I am distracted by new layouts all the time so it makes it hard for me to try to keep it simple around here.  But that's why you love me right?

*crickets*

Ok, maybe not...

I condensed my labels.  They were beginning to look more like tags and there were too many of them.  I still haven't decided if I should keep them in the link bar or if I should give them a place in the sidebar.  I also updated the blog links.  I still need to do some sweeping and possibly some mopping up on the "About" page.

The written assignment is giving me pains.  Can I use the excuse that the dog ate my homework?  Or should I say the hard drive ate it?  It was to find a cool, little known plug-in or widget and tell others about it.

I'm at a loss.  

I've had tons of widgets before.  Now I don't use them too much.  I get distracted by those shiny things, ya know?  If I don't watch out I can go overboard with them and suddenly my whole sidebar is full of widgets, gadgets, gidgets, and wadgets.

I have to say that I fail this assignment miserably.  I do look forward to reading (and probably cluttering up my sidebar with) all the new and cool widgets and plug-in's that every one will be sharing.

Registration is closed for the class, but you can still participate.  Like me!  Go visit Gigi to see how it's done!


Never Forget

For those in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and Todd Beamer & fellow passengers of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA.

Friday Flip-offs - September 10th Edition

It's that time again... virtual detox day normally brought to you by Gigi at Kludgy Mom, but for the next few weeks will be hosted by Momma Kiss!  Gigi is hosting a Back to School, Back to Blogging class.  Join up!

To Scott Waste Management... That's right, I'm calling you out by name this time.  You've been on my list before and I am certain that if others in my area did a Friday Flip-off you would be on their lists as well.  Your drivers are horrible.  Your schedule has me wondering if you even know what a schedule is.  If I forget to place my container by the road the night before, your driver arrives at not a minute past 5AM.  If I have the damn container out there, he shows up whenever the hell he pleases.  My can is freakin' overflowing.... come get the damn trash already!!   Until then... FLIP OFF!!

To the seeds of my loin...  I love you guys.  Wouldn't give anything for either one of you because you are both priceless.  However if you guys don't stop being such little brats... I may have to take extreme measures.  You are ungrateful and disrespectful and I've had all I can take.  The whining, the eye rolling, the complaining is going to stop.  While I know they aren't going to be reading this blog, I'm writing this to remind myself that I'm the parent therefore I am the law.  So get with the program or FLIP OFF!

(Yes, I just flipped off my children.   Sue me.)

To the person who decided we must all have a "digital" television signal...  You suck.  Before the whole "digital conversion" we could receive about 11 different stations.  Now we get 3.  Of course those 3 stations only come in clearly on perfect days.  And even then sometimes it's just hit and miss.  At least with the analog signal we could get something that resembled a signal and not all those weird little boxes all over the screen and the annoying sound of what resembles a bad cell phone connection.  I just want my local news!  Is that too much to ask for??  Argh... FLIP OFF!

To overly zealous religious folk...  Burning any religious artifact or book is wrong.  I am not of any certain religion myself (and this is quite possibly because of all those overly zealous religious folk) and even I know that burning a bunch of Qur'ans is not the smartest thing you could do.  Doing so serves no purpose and does nothing but make you look like an asshole and put the rest of the country in danger.  FLIP OFF!!

Do you need a virtual detox?  Add yours to the list by visiting Momma Kiss!  Have a great weekend!



Absolute Bliss

I have been wanting to travel to southern Illinois to visit the Shawnee National Forest for a while, but it's a 3 hour drive.  Finding the time to get away always seems to be a problem.  We decided there was no time like the present.  We loaded up the car and away we went!  To the Garden of the Gods!


They certainly weren't lying when they named this place!  Easily the most beautiful place I've ever been.  None of the photos could capture the awesomeness and beauty of this forest.  

We packed a small tent and supplies *just in case* we arrived to find an available campsite.  We arrived around 11:30AM at Pharaoh campground.  The campground has 12 sites, no electric, but the sites did have excellent fire rings, tables, toilets, and water.  It was a self-pay location and I'd say a steal for only $10 a night.  Even though I wasn't really expecting to find a site, we lucked out and there was ONE empty site!  It was so quiet, so beautiful.  It was breezy and we thought the wind would die down once the sun set, but all night I could hear the wind blowing through the pine trees.  Then about midnight, the coyotes began to have conversations.  Loud conversations that carried with the wind through the valley.  Slightly creepy, slightly awesome all at the same time.
I pieced these images together, but if you click you can see a larger version.
After we got back home I found so many more trails and items to visit the next time we go.  There will definitely be a next time!  We're already planning another trip (since we didn't much plan this one!) for October.  The kids have a week off of school so a nice long weekend with the Gods seems like the perfect getaway!

Friday Flip Offs - September 3rd Edition

Happy Friday (and a holiday weekend to boot)!!

The virtual detox known as Friday Flip-offs is brought to you every week by Gigi of Kludgy Mom fame!  Make sure to stop by her blog to show her some love!

Without further ado...

To the local school board for forcing us to purchase clear or mesh backpacks for our children.  Let me explain something to you people... the clear, plastic-y type backpacks aren't worth a shit.  By Christmas they are all stiff and ripping and a waste of my time.  The mesh backpacks?  They offer no support AT ALL for young childrens backs and posture.  On Tuesday, the school nurse called to say that my Neil-age was sick.  His back pack looked extremely overstuffed.  On Wednesday morning I decided to weigh it.  SEVENTEEN POUNDS!!  Ridiculous!  My little man is 10 years old and weighs 61 lbs.  If he is going to be required to pack around a back pack that weighs more than 10% of his own body weight, please allow me to buy a sturdy, well padded back pack.  For your lack of understanding... FLIP OFF.

To the Equator that decided to move to 37° 40' 8" N (that's Kentucky).  You roasted us and made the Summer months unbearable.  So much so that now Summer is pretty much over and I don't know where it went.  Possibly back to 0° N or S with you? ... FLIP OFF.

To social networking "friends" that haven't spoken more than 10 words to me.... ever.  This is your notice.  I'm going to be doing a clean up on da Facebook today.  It's not a popularity contest so my "friend" count doesn't mean shit.  Having people that actually speak to me on my list is more important to me.  It kind of amazes me the people who will send you a friend request.  Looking back I'm not sure why I even accepted.  So guess what.... FLIP OFF.

To the factory where my husband works... Listen I know that you pay my bills and I appreciate the overtime that you offer on a normal basis, but this weekend?  Really?  Come on!  I want to holiday on a holiday... why you gots to ruin it for me?  Ugh... FLIP OFF.

Virtual detox is awesome!  Give it a try and visit with other bloggers at Kludgy Mom!

P.S.  I'm going to be working on the new Fall blog layout today.  I know I'm supposed to wait until the Autumnal Equinox, but... but... I'm itching to change it up!  I just can't wait 2 1/2 more weeks!  Bare with me during the construction period...

Ye Gods!

I was so excited yesterday to have received "Clash of the Titans" from Netflix.  I could hardly bare to wait until everyone was home from work/school so we could all sit down and watch this flick.

I was so disappointed.  Don't get me wrong.  Seeing Sam Worthington made it better, but this remake of the 1981 classic "Clash of the Titans" barely even came close to following the original story line!  Now the '81 version may see a little "cheesy", but I've loved it since I was a little girl.  The Gods, Harry Hamlin, the Fates, the cute little metal owl... all of it was awesome.

The original didn't even have Hades represented.  Perseus was enamored with Princess Andromeda, not some cursed to not age Io (still don't know who that chick was).  Calibos was in love with Andromeda and that's why Perseus fought him.  Calibos wasn't sent to kill Perseus by Hades.  Where did these Djinn come from?  Oh for the love of the Gods....  what were they thinking?  Remaking a film is fine if you want to update it to a point, but rewriting the story?!  Well, that just stinks.  And the cute little owl?  Well he had a very, very brief cameo in the remake.  Which is irritating because he played a vital role in the original.  Not to mention, isn't he the cutest little robot, made of metal, owl you've ever seen?

There were a few things that I will give a thumbs up to...

Medusa.  While she was all kinds of CGI, she was still impressive.
Medusa... uh natural?
Medusa turning you to stone.
The Kraken.  Again CGI, but scary.

Please tell me that you floss.
The Fates.  Great make up work on these ladies.


And finally.... Pegasus.  In the original he was white in color.  There are white pegasi (ha... pegasi) in the remake, but Perseus chooses to befriend the much larger black colored Pegasus.  I think I like him better.


My overall review is that I guess it's an "OK" movie.  If I hadn't seen (and loved) the original then I might have a different opinion of this version.  I would recommend seeing it, but just be aware that it's NOTHING like the original.

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