Monday, September 28, 2009

Picture me here...

As I sit at my desk at work, in my mind I am here. Today is perfect weather for a hammock nap. Or at least a hammock-book-read or hammock-mind-clearing in the breeze.

If I were to go to my "hammock happy place" (as opposed to my "beach happy place"), I'd take my iPod and A Confederacy of Dunces and just escape. Who's with me?

I might even use the following song as my theme for the day -- "Cathedrals" by Jump Little Children. (The accompanying video is good, too, although I'm not sure who made it...but you might see your happy place in one of the photos...)

Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Enjoy the moment.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Great book, decent movie

Kurt and I just finished reading The Secret Life of Bees. I read it in a week's time, told him it was good, and he finished it in two days. (Speedreader. Lame.)

We watched the movie last night. I tend to enjoy books more than movies, and this screenplay did not change my mind. It was not horrible, but still disappointed me in some areas. It mainly followed the book's storyline, but casting could've been better.

The best cast characters were Alicia Keys for June and Sophie Okonedo for May. However, Jennifer Hudson wasn't the right choice for Rosaleen and Oprah would've been a better pick for August than Queen Latifah. Dakota Fanning did a decent job as Lily, but I wasn't blown away.

Anyway, I highly recommend the book -- repeat, HIGHLY -- but I don't recommend the movie.

Speaking of remakes, I do have a favorite. One of my favorite books is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Oddly enough, I also enjoy the Americanized/modernized movie version which stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke.

Click the video below to see my favorite scene in the movie. I also love the music in this scene. It is an original score written for this movie.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tupelo Sighting: Dog lover

Ok, so this guy really likes pit bulls. I'm thinking my next window sticker will say, "If it ain't lab, it's drab." What do you think? Maybe I need to add a curse word or two for emphasis...Posted by Picasa

Did that just happen?

Yesterday I kept the nursery at church, and the sweetest little boy sat in my lap and had an accident on my skirt. I felt something moist and hot on my leg, and then I noticed he had peed.

I felt like an R. Kelly victim.

So, how was your weekend?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Anybody seen this?

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you have undoubtedly seen the commercials advertising the Neckline Slimmer.
I had two thoughts the first time I saw the commercial:
1. Yeah right.
2. Ouch!

This item claims to reduce double chins and turkey necks (my words). However, there's no way this thing works. You'd have to do a gazillion neck crunches to make any progress. Can you imagine sitting at your desk at work and using this neckersizer (yep, made it up) all day? Others would find you very agreeable. (pun intended.)

Also, notice in the above picture. In the "before" picture, the lady is forcing her double chin because her nose is pointed slightly down. In the "after" picture, her nose is pointed straight out, thus reducing the size of her double chin. And let's not forget PHOTOSHOP.

In fact, that might be two different women. Their hair falls at different lengths. Maybe it's a mother (double chin) and a daughter who has yet to inherit it.

Secondly, can you imagine how painful these neck nods would be? Ouch! Instead of reducing chin/neck fat, it is my expert medical opinion that it would pull the side muscles in your neck, thus prohibiting you from turning your head from side to side without excrutiating pain.

As you may have deciphered, I will not be purchasing this...crap. Instead, I have started a savings envelope to have plastic surgery on my inevitable neck flap in the future. I am taking donations if you care to contribute to the Single Chin, No Extra Neck Skin FUND.

Hey, it happens...

It's just been one of those weeks. Know what I mean?