Thursday, 23 August 2012

Blu Ray Thursday #1

Lookie here, a new segment.  More like a rehash of an old one.  Yay, movie reviews are back on my blog and that makes me happy!!!!!!!!!  Thursdays are my day off and more often than not, I end up watching a movie so I thought I’d revamp BRT :)

What I watched:

A movie with an awkward and long title, that’s what I watched.

I thought it would be a biopic about Jesse James and the man who killed him.  Instead it was a movie about celebrity and what happens when you get to meet your heroes.  Do they live up to your expectation and are they worth your emulation?  And what happens if they’re not what you hoped they would be.  Not sure if that's what I was supposed to get from the movie but that’s what I got. So for me, Brad Pitt was a good choice for Jesse James, a man so famous that the ‘man’ doesn’t exist, only the ‘name’. And he did a real good job of it too. He played Jesse as I imagine he would be, part charismatic leader, just one of the boys and part psychopath with a mean and violent streak. Brad Pitt was surprisingly chilling.  I’ve never really had any positive or negative feelings about Pitt but I thought he did some really good  work.  I forgot I was watching “Brad Pitt”.

There were some good supporting parts too (Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, Garret Dillahunt,Paul Schneider, Mary Louise Parker and Zooey Deschanel), all actors delivered.  Apart from the ladies who seriously had nothing to do and I only recognised Zooey Deschanel from her singing voice.  Take away her fringe and I have no idea who she is!!  But I guess the star of the show was Casey Affleck, playing the Robert Ford of the title.  I’m really creeped out by him ever since I saw him in this movie “The Killer Inside Me” where he plays an awful, awful human being so I really dislike watching him.  Which means he’s a good actor and the unsettled feeling I get worked well for him in this film too. My only gripe with him was that he was supposed to be young, barely 20, and Affleck (although baby-faced) looks way older than that.  I feel like the movie kept having to remind us how young he was because he certainly didn’t look it!

This movie was L-O-N-G.  Two and a half hours.  And slow.  Very slow.  I ended up watching it in three parts.  I am a sucker for punishment though and I watched the first hour over two days, then had a four day gap… and then started the whole thing from the beginning again!  But for some reason, I didn’t hate that it was a long, slow movie.  Nor did I mind watching it from the beginning again.  I think that’s coz I was watching a good movie in the hands of some talented filmmakers. 

Last shout outs go to the soundtrack (beautiful!!) and the cinematography.  The scenery was gorgeous and a lot of the shots tried to emulate old photographs and hit just the right note.  Oh so pretty :)

Recommended?  Hmm, not sure.  It’s a good solid movie and I enjoyed it.  Just bear in mind that it’s two and a half hours of your life you’re never going to get back.  But I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

It’s Cupcake Time

On Monday, it was the RSPCA’s Cupcake Day.  At work we decided to make cupcakes to sell to help the cause.  Fighting animal cruelty by getting to eat cupcakes?  I’m down with that.

Honestly it wasn’t the greatest success for our little workplace but secretly I’m happy because it means we had a ton of cupcakes left over.  And guess who gets to eat them all?  This girl!  I ate four cupcakes today.  And honestly, I’ll probably eat the same amount tomorrow.  I can’t help it.

Sorry if you’re my friend on Instagram because you’ve already seen all these pics.

I started baking at 9pm the night before.  Of course!  And I was trying a new recipe.  Apparently I like to live by the seat of my pants.

They came out a lot smaller than I was expecting but they tasted amazing, so that was ok.  Then I went to bed and the next day, completed the project.

LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS?!?!?!?!?!?

For my first attempt at making cupcakes, I’m very impressed with myself!  And my decorating came out pretty good too.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

I’m definitely feeling ‘Brave’

I’ve been in a bit of a rut for probably the last few months, just another reason why I haven’t been posting as much. The feeling tends to come and go.  So I decided to take myself on a movie date. I went to go and see ‘Brave’.Change Your Fate 1
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I was a little hesitant about seeing a kids’ movie by myself in the middle of the day but it wasn’t too bad. Everyone was actually around my age, one couple and another girl. I’m actually really glad I saw this one by myself. Because I cried like a baby through most of it. I can’t even put into words why either but I’ll try.

The movie was GOOD. I didn’t know much of what to expect in the way of storyline and was pleasantly surprised.  And the soundtrack is gorgeous.

The scenery (and all the animation itself actually) was absolutely beautiful.  I miss Scotland and in my mind, it looks *exactly* like that :)

And Merida… her hair!  It was a character in itself.  I loved her fearlessness and her determination.  And anyone that can shoot an arrow already has my heart.  I wish I had had a Disney Princess like that when I was little. 

The backbone to the story was a mother-daughter relationship which was handled really nicely.  And made me want to give my own mother a big cuddle too!

I’m so glad I went and saw it.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I wanted to see it to support the movie.  I knew it wouldn’t be popular- the trailer promised a simple tale with no quick banter and a feisty girl as the main character.  And that’s what I got.  It wasn’t perfect but it was perfectly lovely and just what I needed.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

I'm so sorry.

If I was a guy, I would probably have one of those old timey prospector beards because I’d be too lazy to shave.

If I were an animal, I’d probably be a cat.  But I guess I should really be a sloth.

This is why I am a terrible blogger!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Adventure time!

I went geocaching when I was babysitting Ajax and had the most hilarious time. The cache led me into this little woodland area. It was really beautiful actually, this little spot of forest in the middle of suburbia… two main roads on either side. I had the dog with me but I had to let him off the lead because he kept pulling me along and there’s only so many times you can get pulled into spiders’ webs and squeal.

I let my overactive imagination get away with me. I was in the middle of nowhere and had just watched ‘I Am Legend’, which of course made me think of zombies- when really I should have been on the look out for serial killers- you know, scary things that ACTUALLY exist!


This is me and Ajax.  I am holding onto a big stick I found… just in case I needed to fight someone :)
My brain was on the lookout for zombies and I probably would have genuinely died of fright if I’d crossed paths with a human being. So I’ve got my head down looking at my phone, trying to follow the little compass thing when I hear this rustle in the bushes. I’m like “ZOMBIE!!” and I look to the dog because I think, well he’ll know if there’s something worth being scared of or if it’s just something silly like the wind through the leaves. Ajax was standing stock still, hackles up, staring intently at the bushes. Uh-oh.


I live in Australia so it’s obviously within the realms of possibility but I live in a state capital city and was in the middle of suburbia. No place for kangaroos. Anyway, it made me laugh and was probably just as expected as a zombie.

The geocache was described as a “micro-cache”. I was expecting something small, instead I got this.


A microwave spray-painted green and hidden underneath a dense bush.  Brilliant!!  The logbook and goodies were all hidden inside the microwave.  It made me laugh.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Accent video

I decided to do a tumblr accent challenge... and then realised it was actually not as embarrassing as I believed it to be so I thought you guys might like it.  To make up for not posting for a really long time.  Enjoy my  accent and my crazy eyes.  And I think it would be super cool if some of you guys did it too!

  • Your name and username
  • What is the story behind your URL?
  • How old are you?
  • Where are you from? 
  • What is your favorite colour?
  • Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, GIF, Tumblr, Crackerjack, Doorknob, Envelope, GPOY,crey, polka dots, Tumblr, Swag, LOL, Papaya, Penthouse, Bestiality, Subtext, Smile.
  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? 
  • What is a bubbly carbonated drink called? 
  • What do you call gym shoes? 
  • What do you call your grandparents? 
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? 
  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with? 
  • Choose a book and read a passage from it.
  • Do you think you have an accent? 
  • Would you rather: Have a million dollars or a million friends? Eat a taco or a quesadilla? Eat a banana slug or lick a cow’s butt? Be a shark or an elephant? Be a wizard or a vampire? 
  • Do you know anyone on Tumblr in real life? 
  • End audio post by saying any three words you want
  • Saturday, 4 August 2012

    I’ve been tagged

    I was tagged by Danielle to post about five things that I'm excited about or looking forward to.  Everyone seems to have also done a photo.  I don’t think there is a prerequisite for this, but I don’t want to be the first one not to post a picture.  Here is a delightful webcam picture of me and my CSI mug that I love because it is like having two cups of tea in one. 

    This segues nicely into my first point.

    1) I can’t wait for summer!!  All of a sudden it has turned nastily cold and life is miserable in the morning.  However, I really can’t complain because we have been having gorgeous, crisp, sunny winter days.  Nothing like that rainy month we had a while back.

    2) I’m looking forward to new episodes of “Zombies, Run!”.  Yep, I’m talking about these dudes again.  By the end of summer (Northern hemisphere summer), there should hopefully be a Couch to 5k version… and further episodes of the story.  I can’t wait to hear what happens to my babies.  And nothing motivates me more than Couch to 5k.  LOVE getting excited about exercise, it’s so new to me!

    3) My Wallander DVD is going to soon be arriving from the library.  You guys, Kenneth Branagh.  Tom Hiddleston.  Solving crime.  In Sweden.  Being broody.  Can’t.  Wait.

    4) Actually being able to go to Bible Study.  I have been trying to get to some form of Bible study group for probably the last year.  And at last, the one that I would love to go to is moving to Sunday afternoon instead of Tuesday night, when I work.  Yay!

    5) Getting back into blogger.  I missed you guys.  I missed my little corner of the Internet.  I think writing stuff down helps and I forgot that for a while.  So here’s to being back with a vengeance.  Two posts in two days!

    Also, bonus hilarity.  I had my first ever run in with autocorrect on my phone.  I was texting my friend Kristy about it being so cold and I wrote (or thought I wrote) “Even though I have a ton of stuff to do today, I can’t get my arse out of bed”.  The text that I actually sent to Kristy was “Even though I have a ton of stuff to do today, I can’t get my Arab out of bed”.  I realised my mistake as soon as I sent it!  Curse me for not proof-reading.  After laughing for about ten minutes, I sent her a text to let her know that I was not having a torrid love affair with a man of middle eastern origins.

    I’m not going to tag anyone specifically but I’d love it if you’d do this!

    Friday, 3 August 2012

    So… hi?

    Remember me?  Maybe you do, maybe you don't.

    Anyway, I'm back.  I think.  Hopefully.

    In my mind, I thought that I'd not blogged in about three or four months.  Whilst talking with my blog-friend-turned-real-life friend Danielle, I was genuinely shocked to find out that it was only about a month. So maybe I'm not that bad.

    What have I been up to?  Honestly, not that much.  But I do have a good excuse.  I was house sitting for three weeks with zero internet… which left me with a phone bill that was FIVE TIMES what I normally pay because I would check internet on my phone.  I may have to sell a kidney to pay my phone bill. 
    That aside, I spent the first week looking after this darling, Ted, and watching Laguna Beach.


    Eight weeks old and already past my knees!!  I saw him again today as he came in for his last set of vaccinations and he is just a monster.  He is gonna be HUUUUUUGE!!!!!!!!!!

    Then the last two weeks, I have been looking after my favourite boy, Ajax.  He is just the opposite of most Labradors, he’s calm and well trained.  I just absolutely adore him.


    He’s allowed to sleep on the bed if his blankets are on there.  And he had to bring his toy to bed also.  He’s just the best. 

    In things that you missed out on, I went to a Medieval Faire, hosted a party for Boy Roomie complete with fog machine and MILLIE WENT MISSING (but was found!).

    What’s been happening with you?