I’m getting ready to go on vacation next week and will be travelling for a good duration of the time. And so, I’m going well-prepared with a good book or two.
As you may already know, I am an avid reader and usually become so captivated in my reads that I often find that it is all I want to do.
This summer I went thru a slew of books and finished my last John Grisham legal thriller. I picked up two other non-legals of his, and tried really hard to get into one but just epicly failed (I’ll save it for another time). So, on a recent shopping trip I was delighted to pick up a few new reads, including the third in the “The Witch of….” series by Suzanne Palmieri. Last summer I read “The Witch of Belladonna Bay” and followed it with “The Witch of Little Italy” (although, if you’re reading them, reverse the order), and I’ve been on the hunt for the third book “The Witch of Bourbon Street“. Eureka! As soon as I started reading it I fell in love with it. I’m still only a tiny ways into it because I’ve been supremely busy and haven’t had much time to indulge myself, but I am looking forward to zipping thru this third book in the series.
I’m heading out on another trip later in the month and I CANNOT WAIT to tell you all about it. This trip is going to be amazeballs and I am over the moon that I have the opportunity to do it! But, it’s a surprise so you’ll have to wait to hear about it.
For that trip, I will likely indulge in the other books during my flight. Eep! Can’t wait for this one!
As always, I’m counting down to Halloween with some horror/scary movies. Time is tight these days, so I haven’t been watching much TV, but I’ve managed, so far, to get in a few movies here and there.
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)
Back in the day, I’m sure this movie was a masterpiece, and ahead of its time. In fact, when reading the trivia on IMDB, it says that when this movie was originally in theaters, gimmicks were added such as a lighted plastic skeleton on a wire appeared from a black box next to the screen to swoop over the heads of the audience. Imagine that back in ’59.
This movie had a good creep factor, thanks mostly to Vincent Price, but at first I thought it was very cheesy. Then at one point, I got the wits scared out of me. And then maybe again. It wasn’t a total horror movie (fine by me), but, again, I’m sure back in the 50’s/60’s it was completely spooky.
What really ruined it for me though was the character of Nora. Ugh! She was a constant whiner and screamer and I thoroughly wanted to punch her in the throat to shut her up. I’d hoped that at some point she’d bite it….but I’ll not spoil that for you.
All in all, this movie was a good one to watch to kick off Halloween season.
My BFF/work-wife, Spanky is currently off on maternity leave. This girl and I met years ago when we began working together and we became instant friends. And, although we both had changed job locations, we maintained our friendship AND continued our lunchtime shenanigans all these years. And now we’re back to working together. ❤
And we have spent 10 years lunching together, walking thru Town, running the trails (training for races), running errands, or just sitting around stuffing our faces. But one thing has always maintained the same for us, wherever we were and whatever we were doing, you can bet we were laughing our heads off and having more fun than should be allowed. I have often said I bet people see us each day on our lunchtime ventures and are totally jealous of how much fun we’re having. In fact, one day, just a few years ago, while running an errand in one of the little shops in downtown, we had a good case of the giggles and could not stop laughing and an onlooker, a chef from one of the local restaurants had been watching us and said he thoroughly enjoyed watching us have so much fun. See…jealous.
But, when Spanky left to go off and have Baby Ruth I was saddened because I thought I was going to be alone for my lunch hours and, although I can go out and
have fun make my own fun any damn time I please, I always enjoy the company. And, just my luck, Spanky’s work replacement has also become my lunchtime replacement and Boo Boo and I are having tons of fun together.
We decided months ago, when there was still snow on the ground (which, let’s face it, this is Nova Scotia and that means it wasn’t that long ago that there was snow on the ground), that we were going to walk during our breaks. Actually, it wasn’t so much a decision as it was something that just happened one day and we haven’t stopped. It’s because of these lunchtime walks that I’m hitting my FitBit step goal way early in the day.
Boo Boo and I walk and laugh every day. We are having way too much fun and, just like Spanky and I did, we’re making our fun.
One day last week, while out on our roam, we stopped into the local grocery store. Boo Boo was checking out the watermelons and was intending on picking one up until I reminded her that she’d have to carry a watermelon through town, in 34 degree heat, and we still had a half hour to go on our break. She left the watermelon there. But, as we were in the checkout line, I noticed the guy in front of me was holding a watermelon. When he glanced around at us I said to him “Can you please take that back to work or wherever you’re going and pretend you’re Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing and announce “I CARRIED A WATERMELON”.
Boo Boo held her breath (because I’m a nut!) and the guy just looked at me for a few seconds like a deer caught in headlights and then the both of them cracked up. He said he had heard us talking by the watermelons as he was picking his out and realized that he would be the one carrying the watermelon thru town in 34 degree heat (with a long-sleeved knit sweater on, mind you) and he felt like a dummy but he wanted to do something nice for his co-workers.
The three of us a had a long-lasting chuckle and he kept the conversation going until he finished his purchase and had to leave us, although it seemed like he would have rather stayed with us (Boo Boo said he’s now the president of my fan club).
I’m very thankful to both these gals, Spanky and Boo Boo, because you make my work days a heckuvalot more entertaining. I soooooo look forward to Spanky’s return because I loooove her. And I’m keeping Boo Boo too, so we can be the workplace Three Musketeers or Three Amigos – which, with the shenanigans and oopsies, seems a lot more fitting.
I love my life.
Is there anything more entertaining in Hollywood than the bromance? Seriously, I think a good bromance is healthy and sweet and fun…and hysterical. In fact, I love them so much that I’ve posted on them before (see The Best BROMANCE on TV)
Here are a few of the best bromances in Hollywood.
THE FRAT PACK
Back in the 90’s Hollywood opened its doors to a slew of new young up-and-comers including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, my boyfriend Cole Hauser, Rory Cochrane, Vince Vaughn, and Chris O’Donnell, to name a few. This group of guys rotated in the same circles, same movies, and even same homes, often sleeping on each other’s couches off and on for several years. Most of these guys are still good friends and still pop up in each other’s films.
Check out this episode of Dinner for Five with Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Cole Hauser, Rory Cochrane, and Brian Cox (a bit of an oddball choice here) and make sure you watch “The Phone Booth” at 19:15 for some laughs.
SIR IAN MCKELLAN and SIR PATRICK STEWART
These two are acting royalty and they have had an ongoing love affair, bromantically, for years. They have appeared on screen together numerous times (obviously including all the X-Men movies), as well as on stage. Their friendship is one of longevity, laughter, and love. We can all strive for this kind of affection.
Watch the Sirs play the Newlywed Game. Too funny!
It’s like everything they do is perfection.
Old Man BFFs!!! #squadgoals
MICHAEL FASSBENDER AND JAMES MCAVOY (and HUGH JACKMAN)
Speaking of the X-Men movies, let us not forget the most recent bromance from that franchise. That being Michael Fassbender (playing young Ian McKellan) and James McAvoy (playing young Patrick Stewart).
(Fun fact: Patrick Stewart has two roles in common with James McAvoy: McAvoy played Macbeth in ShakespeaRe-Told: Macbeth while Stewart played him in Great Performances: Macbeth and Stewart played Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, while McAvoy played him in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. They also each share the role of Macbeth with their respective Magnetos, Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender (IMDB).
Apparently, James and Michael have a huge fan-base for their bromance. People have dedicated fan-art and fan-fiction to the friendship between these two. It’s not hard to see why, they do seem to have that..spark.
Hugh Jackman (newest future husband!) sometimes seems like a third wheel but, watch the threesome’s appearance on the Graham Norton show and you can see why he is included in this as a trio. Like Dinner for Five, I have watched this interview over and over. It is hilarious! It actually makes me want to be part of a bromance.
*sigh* Again, #goals.
HUGH JACKMAN and ANY Co-Star!
It is no secret that Hugh Jackman is one of the nicest, most charming men in Hollywood. And it seems all of his co-stars fall madly in love with him too. Aside from the trio above, Hugh is loved by many:
HUGH JACKMAN and Jake Gyllenhaal
HUGH JACKMAN and Patrick Stewart
Here’s that X-Men connection again. These two have appeared onscreen together a bazillion times and it seems like their friendship just.might.last.
HUGH JACKMAN and Ryan Reynolds
Although they totally troll each other on social media and in interviews, these two seem to have a fun bromantic chemistry. The two have been friends for years (having worked together on X-Men: Origins – Wolverine) and like to pop up in each other’s lives here and there. Ryan even hijacked Hugh’s interview while he was doing press for Eddie the Eagle (a great movie, btw).
It seems that these two good ol’ boys do have a sweet affection for each other. One that almost borderlines…Single White Female.
Wouldn’t the world be such a better place if we could all love our co-workers as much as all of these mates seem to.
To continue Halloween Week Movie Watching, the other night after teaching my class outside in the cold – and eventually the dark – and then having a client right after – once I got home I, eventually, crawled into bed to get my movie watching on.
I chose Wrong Turn. It’s not an overly long movie (and it was already pretty late) and I’ve seen it a bazillion times.
It’s creepy and fun and mindless. And let’s be honest here, the only reason I ever watched it in the first place was for Desmond Harrington.
(Remember last year when I watched Ghost Ship mainly because this hottie was in it? Yeah, same reasoning for Wrong Turn.)
I also want to state that I have never seen any of the sequels to this film. Wrong Turn should be a stand alone movie and not a built-upon franchise to show T&A. Move on, people!
Tomorrow is Halloween and I am open to suggestions on other scary movies to view. (I may not heed suggestions but I’ll happily take them.)
I like to be silly. I do. Life is more fun with a little bit of silliness in it. And humor. And jokes. And swearing. But mainly fun. I am a fun-lovin’ girl and I don’t care who knows it.
Last year my friend Melissa and I went to see my favorite band Blue Rodeo (again! b/c I love them and they’re awesome!). The stadium where they were playing is huge. And since I have the bladder control of a newborn I made sure to pee (twice) before heading to our seats. The closest ladies’ room was a floor below where the merch was being sold and the stairs to the lower floor were very narrow and very steep.
As I was at the top of the stairs about to make my way down to the lower floor, there was an man making his way up the stairs. He was about 3/4 of the way up. Melissa was just off to my right at the top and there was another older man standing not too far to my left.
As I took my first step down the stairs I threw my hands up in the air, flailing them around like a Muppet and ‘screamed’ “aaaaaaaaahhhh” – just to be an ass.
The man on the stairs coming up was totally startled; he grabbed his chest and gasped – and then roared laughing…a full big bellied laugh like Santa. I laughed. Melissa laughed. And the man on the platform to my left was bent over at the waist laughing.
Y’know….I really do like to bring a little humor and fun to each day. I’m so very glad I could enlighten these people with some SandyLand fun.
PS – Go check out Blue Rodeo because they are really cool.
My friend over at Fashion For Lunch (http://fashionforlunch.wordpress.com/) hosts a sweet blog (<<— that’s it over there <<–) about fashion and product review. She has beautiful style – a little classic, a little eccentric, tons of color. She is a total fashionista. So I’m happy to brag about her and her site (seriously…go check it out
RIGHT NOW as soon as you’re finished reading this post.
And so, not too long ago while out shopping I picked up a jacket that I was inspired to buy after several of her colorful outfits. I told her long ago that I would post it but I never got around to it because I’m
lazy so insanely busy that time would just not allow lazy. So here it is FFF – just for you:
It has a button in the center but the jacket’s a little too big so I cinched it with a belt. One of these days I’ll try and get around to moving the button over or maybe taking the jacket in.
I also picked up this ring about a year and a half ago and I thought FFF would like it…She has tons of cool jewelry:
I normally stick to my regular rings (birthstones and family rings) but I went out on a limb with this one because it’s unique and fun.