Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Academy Awards-- Best Animated Film and Best Documentary Nominations

Best Animated Film


"Incredibles 2"
Starring: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell
Directed by: Brad Bird
Written by: Brad Bird
Genre: children/sci-fi/fantasy
4/5 stars
Watched: in theater and own

I enjoyed the first movie a little more but this one still has heart and action. It's definitely high on the list.


Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson
Genre: animated/drama/fantasy
?/5 stars
Watched: HBO

I have mixed feelings about Wes Anderson but I have enjoyed a film or two of his and this one is about a boy trying to find his lost dog. So I'm hoping for more heart. It's on HBO so I'm planning on getting to this one before the Oscars.


Starring: Rebecca Hall, Daniel Dae Kim, John Cho
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
Written by: Mamoru Hosoda
Genre: Animation/Fantasy
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

This is a Japanese film that's pretty recent. So I'm not sure if I'll be able to get it before the Oscars but I know I'll enjoy it once I'm able to see it. 


Starring: Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly, Gal Gadot
Directed by: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Written by: Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon
Genre: Animation/Children/Fantasy
3.5/5 stars
Watched: in theater

Overall, this was a solid sequel. They had a great bit with the Disney princesses that was comic gold.


Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsay
Written by: Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman
Genre: Animated/Fantasy
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

It's not playing anymore in my area but if I can find a way to see it before the Oscars I'll be very happy. It was on my list in December but the holidays pulled me from the movie theaters.

I'm hoping to see 3/5 animated features before the Oscars!

Best Documentary


Directed by: Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

Alex Honnold attempts to scale Yosemite's 3000 ft high El Capitan wall without any safety gear.

I don't know if I'll get to this one before the Oscars but I definitely want to see it! Looks intense.


Directed by: RaMell Ross
4.5/5 stars
Watched: PBS

I enjoyed this intimate look at the Black community in Hale County, Alabama.


Directed by: Bing Liu
?/5 stars
Watched: Hulu

I definitely plan on seeing this on Hulu. It looks like it might be a tear-jerker.


Directed by: Talal Derki
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

Talal Derki returned home and gained the trust of a radical Islamist family. Derki was able to document their lives for two years. 

I'm not sure if I'll be able to watch this one. It's probably one I should watch but I don't think I can right now.


"RBG"
Directed by: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
?/5 stars
Watched: Hulu

Hulu has two of these I need to watch! I love me some RBG so I'll definitely be watching this before the Oscars.

I should have 3/5 watched before the Oscars!

Top Ten Tuesday-- Books I Loved With Fewer Than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads



1. Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars by Sikivu Hutchinson with only 123 ratings. I read this back in 2013. I remember enjoying Hutchinson's thoughts and experiences on being black and an atheist and how she uses those experiences to help out her community. It was one of my top books that year.


2. Jane Austen For Dummies by Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray with 525 ratings. I loved the quick and concise history and ideas about Jane Austen and her Regency world. She even broke down the books and put them into context. It was a fascinating read back in 2009!


3. Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion by Dale McGowan with 1,567 ratings. This was a fantastic resource as I was leaving my religion and was looking for some guidance after my son was born. It's one I turn to again and again.


4. Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein with 1,523 ratings. I loved the history of how society has dealt with women's menstruation. The various products that have been created are astounding. It's so fascinating. I loved it.


5. Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala by Stephen S. Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer with 1,059 ratings. I read this one in college and it blew my mind. It was an excellent and disturbing account of the role America has had and continues to have in Latin America.


6. The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature by Timothy Ferris with 441 ratings. I read this one a few years ago. It basically describes why liberal democracies are the best societies to promote tolerance and science and thus freedom. It seems like a timely read. I highly recommend it. It hasn't been read enough.


7. Intimations of Austen: Stories Inspired by the Works of Jane Austen by Jane Greensmith with 89 ratings. I loved these sweet short stories. They are a treasure.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

It's Time for the Oscars! Best Picture Nominations

Well, I feel like I'm one of the last people to actually sit through and enjoy the whole show but I love awards shows. They're fraught with politics and people and movies and music, etc who got snubbed but I enjoy the glitz and the glamour. Plus, I love the buzz around the movies and what isn't necessarily the best but what's still good. Then the articles come out on what and who were snubbed so I get all those on my list too.

I'll be tracking my viewing this week. I hope to get most if not all of the best picture nominations watched this week. I've already seen a few so hopefully I can get a few more in before next weekend. I like to watch the documentaries and the animated films as much as possible. I usually can't get too many of the foreign nominations until after the big show.

Watched: 3/8

Best Picture



"Black Panther"
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Sci-fi/fantasy and action/adventure
4/5 stars
Watched: Own

I watched this when it first came out but I have seen it many times since over this last year! I loved meeting Wakanda and being apart of their world. I loved that it had something to say about our own society. And Michael B. Jordan deserves an Oscar for his portrayal of Killmonger. Best villain. Ever.

It's been nominated for Best Original Score, Best Original Song "All the Stars", Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design (Hannah Beachler is the first African American to be nominated in this category), Best in Sound Editing, and Best in Sound Mixing.




"BlacKkKlansmen"
Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
Directed by: Spike Lee
Drama/Comedy
3.5/5 stars
Watched: borrowed from library

I found this one humorous and dark. I had a lot of weird emotions throughout the whole movie. But I did not care for the ending. It felt off-key compared to the rest of the movie, though still an important message to share. But wow. I cannot believe this actually happened.

It's been nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best in Film Editing. I am appalled, though, that Adam Driver gets a nomination but not his co-star and main protagonist John David Washington. Boo.




"Bohemian Rhapsody"


Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton
Directed by: Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher (uncredited)
Drama/Biopic
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

I hope to watch this week. Everyone I know who's seen has loved it. Critics have not been thrilled and the film has been surrounded by controversy with fired director Bryan Singer. I love Queen and do want to see it but am going in aware of the good and the bad.

It's been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best in Film Editing, Best in Sound Editing, and Best in Sound Mixing.


"The Favourite"


Starring: Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Historical drama
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

Another I hope to watch this week since I love all the women in this movie! It's gotten glowing reviews from both audiences and critics alike. I'm excited.

It's been nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best in Production Design, Best in Costume Design, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress for both Weisz and Stone, Best in Cinematography, and Best in Film Editing.


"Green Book"


Starring: Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen
Directed by: Peter Farrelly
Historical drama
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

This is also a film that has seen its share of controversy. I read an article by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in The Hollywood Reporter that addresses the main controversies and why he still feels it's an important and moving film to see. I will be seeing it this week!

It's been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best in Film Editing.


"Roma"
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron
Historical drama
4.5/5 stars
Watched: Netflix

It's been nominated for Best Foreign Film, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress just to name a few. Well-deserved nominations and I hope this film wins some of these. It's gorgeous and beautiful. It's a quiet snapshot of one family and their nanny over a few months. How they deal with their family dynamics changing and how their nanny deals with her own struggles as a servant with her own personal life and secrets. (I pulled this review from my previous post).




"A Star is Born"


Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper
Directed by: Bradley Cooper
Drama
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

While I know the ending, I'm still looking forward to the music and acting. This story has been made into 4 separate films and one song ("Don't You Want Me?" by The Human League).

It's been nominated for Best Original Song "Shallow", Best in Sound Mixing, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best in Cinematography. It's a shame Bradley Cooper didn't get a best director nomination.


"Vice"

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, 
Directed by: Adam McKay
Drama/Biopic
?/5 stars
Watched: TBA

It'll be fun to see the characters of George W. and Cheney on-screen...maybe it'll bring me back to the days of SNL and Will Ferrell's George W.!

It's been nominated for Best in Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best in Film Editing.

*All movie pics were pulled from IMDB

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Week-in-review: G's Birthday!

G's birthday was this weekend! I can't believe it. He's 10! Double digits now. Where does the time go? It was low-key and simple and yet he had a lot of fun. We took him and his cousin out to a trampoline jump place. I made him a Minecraft cake at his request. He didn't complain! Yay!

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BOOKS FINISHED: 


  • Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
  • Who is Sonia Sotomayor? by Megan Stine

BOOKS I'M CURRENTLY READING:


  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Sense of Style: A Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America 

LISTENING TO: 




  • The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty (on Audible)

WATCHING: 


TV:
  • Netflix's: Bordertown. I'm enjoying the Finnish tv show with the Holmes-like detective and the small bordertown they live in close to the Russian border.
Movies:

  • The Lego Movie: The Second Part-- Not as good as the first but still a lot of fun.
  • Velvet Buzzsaw: A very weird movie but had an interesting story.
Making: 


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Here's the finished product for G's cake! The cake fell apart while I tried to layer it but overall the frosting and construction turned out well and G loved it! So that's all that matters.


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And I finally got a pic of my blankets for my great niece and nephew!

Looking Forward to:

G has another ballroom competition this weekend! He's nervous but he'll do great and I just love watching.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mini Book Reviews: Becoming


Becoming by Michelle Obama
Published in 2018 by Crown
Genre: Memoir/biography
Format: Own, Audiobook: 19 hours, 30 minutes

Michelle Obama read her own book and it was lovely. I loved listening to her tell her own story. The grace and dignity she showed despite the vitriol she received as the first African American first lady is awe-inspiring. I loved listening to her anecdotes in the White House and how hard it was for her to have Barack in politics. She didn't want it and didn't ask for it but she knew he could make things happen. I miss them both. They're two human beings who will continue to make a difference wherever they go.


Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Published in 2011 by Quirk Books
Genre: Young adult, Urban fantasy
Format: Own, Hardcover 352 pages

This is a re-read for me but I never reviewed it on my blog...I really enjoyed this both times. Riggs takes a bunch of old, weird photographs and uses them to make a story. It's a pretty bizarre world he creates but it works. Peculiar children are like mutants but aren't able to blend as well into society. So their protectors or ymbrynnes keep them safe in time loops. 

Jacob's grandfather has told him stories of his time as a boy in an orphanage during WWII. He was a refugee fleeing Nazi-occupied Poland. But more than Nazi monsters were chasing him; real life monsters called hollowghasts were also chasing him.

After the grisly death of his grandfather, Jacob must travel to the island of his grandfather's youth and find out why he died and who are the children in his pictures? What are the monsters he keeps seeing? He learns who he is and who is grandfather was. He gains new friends and they must go on an adventure to save the peculiars from a monstrous threat. It's a fun story.


Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Published in 2014 by Quirk Books
Genre: Young adult, Urban fantasy
Format: Own, Hardcover, 400 pages

This is the second book in the "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" trilogy. The second book was not as great as the first one. It's that second book hump where you have to keep the story going but you're not quite sure where to end it and begin the last part of the story. The pictures didn't quite fit this time around. It seemed Riggs was stretching things a bit.


Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Published in 2015 by Quirk Books
Genre: Young adult, Urban fantasy
Format: Own, Hardcover, 464 pages

I did like this one better than two but it was still weaker than one. I enjoyed the ending of the story. All ends well. But there are a lot of questions about peculiars and the world they live in which is the world we live in...Plot holes and deus ex machinas abound. But still a fun ride. Not a fantastic series but a creative one.


Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
Published in 2018 by W.W. Norton Company
Genre: Non-fiction, Science and technology
Format: Library, Hardcover, 272 pages

This was a fun one. Fry tackles algorithms and technology in our daily lives and how we as a society have been relying too much on them. She talks about privacy, self-driving cars, medicine, and crime and how we have relied too much on algorithms to keep our privacy, keep us safe, and determine our health, and how to prevent crime. She gives us examples on how it's gone wrong. But her point is let's use these algorithms and technologies in conjunction with humans. Let it help us not take over. She gives examples how working with technology can improve our lives and help us get things done. It was scary and hopeful. I highly recommend it!


The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Published in 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Juvenile fiction
Awards: Schneider Family Book Award, National Book Award Finalist
Format: Library, Hardcover, 336 pages

I read this one aloud with G. We both loved Mason. He has a hard time reading because the letters get mixed up and he sees colors depending on the moods of those around him. He has to dictate what he wants to say to a computer because can't write really well either. His best friend died a year ago and the local detective wants to know more about what happened. He's told him what he knows but events get mixed up and it's hard to concentrate when the detective keeps interrupting him and doesn't want to know about the colors he sees...Soon Mason meets Calvin; he's tiny and smart and they get along great. But they're bullied by their neighbor Matt and his friend Lance. Something seems off about him and Lance. After Mason dictates his story about Benny his friend, the detective is finally ready to see the truth.

It's an amazing story told from Mason's point of view. We see a bit what it might be like to experience synesthesia and other disabilities. It teaches about empathy and compassion and learning to listen to others even if we don't quite understand them at first. It's not only character-driven but plot-driven as well. 


Little Lies Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Published in 2017 by Penguin Press
Genre: Literary fiction
Format: Libary, Audiobook, 11 hours, 27 minutes

I had a really hard time with this book. I did not like it. I wanted to enjoy fleshing out all the characters and seeing them in all their humanity. But not one character did I feel like was a fleshed out. They were all cookie-cutter. I knew from the beginning who I was supposed to hate and who I was supposed to adore. I felt manipulated. The plot was also very convoluted. It felt like a bunch of unlikely coincidences in order to tell an author's moralizing tale. Not my cup of tea. 

Mini Movie Reviews: Roma


Roma (2018)
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron
Historical drama
4.5/5 stars
Watched: Netflix

It's been nominated for Best Foreign Film, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress just to name a few. Well-deserved nominations and I hope this film wins some of these. It's gorgeous and beautiful. It's a quiet snapshot of one family and their nanny over a few months. How they deal with their family dynamics changing and how their nanny deals with her own struggles as a servant with her own personal life and secrets.


Starring: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella
Directed by: Drew Pearce
Sci-fi/Action
3/5 stars
Watched: borrowed DVD from library

Jodie Foster runs a hotel/hospital for bad guys in post-apocalyptic L.A. Dave Bautista is her one medic. She has rules and everyone is about to break them tonight...including herself. It's kind funny and dramatic. Jodie Foster raises the material a lot. The script/story isn't great but it's a fun ride. And of course, Jeff Goldblum....he's great as always.


Escape Room (2019)
Starring: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Tyler Labine
Directed by: Adam Robitel
Suspense/thriller
2/5 stars
Watched: Movie theater

I went to this with my friends for our scary movie night. It was the only "scary" movie playing in theaters right now. It's a January throw-away. It wasn't great but there were a few scares and suspenseful parts in the middle that kept things interesting. The movie was too long and the lines were too cheesy. The ending tries to set up Escape Room 2: On an Airplane, oh no! It's almost like a PG-13 version of the Saw franchise but in escape rooms. Meh.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Week-in-Review-- A Week of Sick

G was out the week before. I got the flu last week and now DH has it this week. Yuck. It was not a fun week. But we survived. We made it to the dentist. G still made it to his basketball game. We ate food and slept.

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Neither him nor I were happy to be there! Clean bill of health no cavities!

BOOKS FINISHED: 


  • The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry

BOOKS I'M CURRENTLY READING:



  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Sense of Style: A Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
  • Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

LISTENING TO: 




  • The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty (on Audible)

WATCHING: 


TV:
  • HBO's: True Detective Season 3. It's fascinating! I love Mahershala Ali in this. I hope he wins an Emmy or something for this role. 
Movies:

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor (2018): Very touching documentary on the life of Mr. Rogers. Why did this not get nominated for best documentary????
  • The Little Stranger (2018): The book was better and more subtle and terrifying but the movie is still worth a watch.
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018): Fascinating story.
  • Revenge (2017): Loved this French story of revenge.
  • Beautiful Boy (2018): A look into the horrors of chronic drug addiction.
  • Into the Dark: Down (2019): The best one yet of this year-long anthology from Hulu.
(Actual reviews to come...)
 
This is what happens when you're sick for a week....


Making: 


A cake! G's birthday is Saturday and I want to make him a Minecraft cake...we shall see.

Looking Forward to:

I did nothing for Groundhog day...but I am looking forward to G's birthday weekend. We're taking him and his cousin out to a bounce/trampoline place. Then pizza and cake!

I'm also hoping we get our water main leak figured out and fixed soon! That's been a big stressor this week too.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Blog All About It: First

I was thinking what would be a great idea for this theme...I've seen quite a few fellow bloggers talk about their bloggiversarys and I've never really done that. Maybe once or twice over the time I've been blogging. But I thought it would be a fun trip down memory lane to look back at my very first blog post!

My Love of Language

Source: University of Florida Linguistics department
Isn't it amazing??!! Language! It's how we communicate with the world! We are the only species on the planet that are able to manipulate language, to think for ourselves. Every day we speak and think sentences that have never been thought of before or even spoken. Look at how we learn our first language; it seems so flawless. I wish we could all learn a second language like we learned our first! There are over 6,000 languages in the world and all of them different and unique.
I earned a degree in Linguistics due my love of language and thought that I would share some thoughts on language in my life and in the world at large. I will include references to check as well when I need to!
I learned Spanish when I spent about 18 months in Spain and the Canary Islands and when I returned home I decided to keep on studying it at school. One of the classes I elected to take was Introduction to Linguistics. I loved it! It was an amazing class and taught me so much about how language influences our lives. And thus began my studies and love of language (I ended up getting my degree in both Spanish and Linguistics). Not that I actually use these degrees at the moment...I may eventually get my Master's in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the college level for adults. But since I still love it and am not in school anymore these blog entries will help me keep up on language and refresh what I've already learned! I hope you enjoy!


I posted this on May 5, 2009. Ta da! My official bloggiversary. I didn't even know. I had graduated from college two years earlier with my Linguistics degree still pretty fresh in my head. I definitely weaned off the language aspect and ended up with a book blog. But I'm ok with that. I still would like to share some interesting tidbits of language news. I also am still contemplating getting a Master's in TESOL but I honestly don't know yet!

It's been fun remembering my love of Linguistics and languages in general. I should really plan some more posts around that. Thanks for taking a ride through memory lane with me.

*part of the Blog All About It challenge

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Week-In-Review: Ballroom!

January has been a doozy. We just found out our water main has been broken for around 3 or so months but only got bad in the last two months...and we only found out when our neighbor discovered their water main leak. So now it's finding that leak and figuring out how to fix ourselves! But we have a pretty tight-knit community and everyone is coming together to help dig and fix this weekend.

And this weekend we all got sick with el gripe...or in my case a sinus infection. If that digs in deep I end up at the doctor's office and prescription of antibiotics.

But on a happier note G had his first ballroom competition a couple of weekends ago. He was very nervous and did a lot of crying the night before and the next morning. He was brave and he did his competition and his school won the Bronze in the beginning level category. I'm a proud mama. He can look back at this experience and say: "I CAN do hard things." It's been such an esteem booster for him. Proud, proud mama!


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Books Finished: 


  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Books I'm Currently Reading:


  • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Sense of Style: A Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
  • The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (reading aloud before bed with G)


Listening to: 




  • The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty (on Audible)
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Finally got this one from the library and dived on in! I don't have very long and there's a huge waitlist...

Watching: 



TV:
  • Netflix's: Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (2019). Finished this one this week. Lots of great ideas but have been thinking of what will work for me and my family and what won't and am trying to get it sorted for when we tackle it all in a month or two!
  • Netflix's: Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. I sat through all four episodes in two nights. I thought I knew a lot about Bundy but nope. I'm from Utah and had always heard about Bundy and his killings growing up. My mom was obsessed (rightfully so...) But I was too young to remember much and wow. He is scarier that I ever thought. The whole thing left me speechless. If you love true-crime this is not to be missed!
  • Fox's: The Passage. It's based on Justin Cronin's trilogy. I'm impressed. It's a lot better than I expected. I'm definitely going to pick up the series this year.
  • Fox's: The Orville. It's no Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I know it's not trying to be. It's just what I need right now: Stupid optimism and cheesy lines.
  • Netflix's: Grace & Frankie. This is also what I need right now!
Movies:

  • The Endless (2017)
  • Byzantium (2012)
(Actual reviews to come...)




Making: 


I finished my blanket for my great niece and nephew! I need to take pictures before I get them off later this week.


Looking Forward to:

Groundhog Day! Which corresponds to Imbolc--or Candlemas as well. I try to do something; it'll probably be small this year with me not feeling great this week. But I will throw something together. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cat Thursday-- Homeless Cat Finds New Life



Cat Thursday is hosted by Michelle at True Book Addict. It's a way to celebrate all things cat!

This story comes from Bored Panda about a homeless cat found in South Florida, Cotton.  Carmen Weinberg runs the Animal Friends Project Inc. and was heart-broken when Cotton made her way to him. He was mange-ridden and mite-bitten and was on the verge of death.



After lots of love and medical care Cotton was able to open up his eyes!



What a beauty! Go read the whole article over at Bored Panda. It's a touching story. I love that she didn't give up on this guy. And now he's a healthy and happy addition to her fur baby family. 

*All pics are sourced from the article at Bored Panda.

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