Quick, Before I Change My Mind!

I like to jump off cliffs when I’m bored- in this case it’s a proverbial cliff, although when I was much younger I did go cliff diving. I really doubt I could do that now, someone would probably have to push me! anyways… 

I recorded myself talking *gasp* I’m not sure if it was brave or reckless; I’ll tell you tomorrow. I did kill several birds with one stone though by not only showing you what I sound like and what I look like when I talk, but this is also the first time I’ve recorded myself (thus the crappy sound) and uploaded a video to YouTube. so many firsts *dabs eyes* here’s me:

I would have fixed my hair and put on a nicer shirt but I did this on a whim before I could talk myself out of it. wow, I open my mouth wide when I talk, don’t I? and I almost flubbed up saying “Indiana”. that’s the word that tripped me up, really? good thing I didn’t say Indianapolis…

Do You Want Fries with That?

While on a roadtrip recently to visit with family, we stopped for lunch and ended up getting into a political debate. Surprisingly it wasn’t just my husband and I that were debating, our two children joined in as well. Between the four of us, we were getting quite loud and I had to remind my family that were weren’t the only ones in the restaurant. This brought to mind a certain quote from an interview of Richard’s:

“I find New Yorkers incredibly engaging. They’re like Parisians …cool and confrontational, in a good way, in a good way, like they like a good debate. …you walk into a restaurant and it’s not full of people silently sitting in front of each other like it can be in England; it’s full of people pointing fingers in each other’s faces having a really good political debate, or whatever.”

Our debate took place in a Midwestern McDonalds but that seems fitting, in an All-American kind of way.

we need a burglar, not a hamburglar!

I said we needed a burglar, not Hamburglar!

It was kind of ironic seeing as how I’d spent the majority of the trip trying to avoid controversial discussions, as I always do during gatherings with extended family. So it struck me as funny that it came pouring out over a quick meal of cheeseburgers with my husband and kids. I guess I feel safest with them and know that whatever I say won’t cause them to treat me differently afterwards.

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no, you do! (feel the love)

 

Once upon a time I’d throw my opinions in the ring with the best of them, but I always walked away feeling badly. I let my passions get the best of me and either offended who I was conversing with or walked away feeling bitter because I was offended myself.

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These days I prefer more an exchange of ideas rather than an actual debate. I don’t need to be right but I do need my conversation partners to be willing to entertain various viewpoints.

Big Mac, Fillet-o-Fish, Quarter-Pounder, French Fries, icy Coke, thick shakes, Sundaes and Apple Pie...

Goofy is a dog that acts like a person, yet he has a pet dog named Pluto. should I go with an animal cruelty angle or civil rights?

All in all, I try to bow out of heated discussions during Holiday get-togethers whenever (and however) possible.

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The risk to personal relationships, not to mention my own peace of mind, isn’t worth it to me in the long run. If you need me, I’ll be at the kid’s table; the “grown up” table is overrated.

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No Higher Praise

While trying to make sense out of my million and one bookmarks, I came across a Tumblr post from mezzmerized by richard from The Hobbit press conference in Tokyo. Martin says some nice words about Richard, as an actor and as a person:

What Pete said about what he brings to Thorin, is partly what he brings just as a person, which is: he has a quiet determination. He respects himself and others, respects other’s way of working, but he holds on to that very strong core of himself.

He’s about the least arrogant person you could wish to meet. He’s very self-depreciating, and he’s always up for what you’re going to bring to the scene.

I went to the gym with him once and there were a few of us there. We had to do these circuits around the gym with this insane psychopath of a gym trainer. I was busy dying about halfway around, and I nearly did pass out, I genuinely nearly–it was only a sports drink that stopped me falling to the floor. I looked up, and Richard had sort of quietly completed the entire circuit, slightly breaking a sweat. He sort of admitted that he was–you know, he found it hard and he was tired. but what I really admired about that, was that he wasn’t being macho or butch, he just quietly got on with it.

And that’s kind of how he treated the 18 months of the job, really. All the trials and tribulations that inevitably come with just the day to day making of the film–it’s tiring, you miss home, etc. He was very stoical about it.

I think there was a good marriage of Richard and Thorin there; I enjoyed working with him very much. What I always think about Richard is that, essentially, he is a decent person and I can have no higher praises. I think he’s a good human being; I like being around him.

(I condensed the run on sentences and tweaked the punctuation to suit me)

Words

tumblr_mnwo03fyyx1rgoke8o2_250words. words. a bunch of words that no one is really reading. we’re all looking at cute gifs of Harry. so let’s just stop kidding ourselves. words. words. a bunch of words that no one is really reading. we’re all looking at cute gifs of Harry. so let’s just stop kidding ourselves. words. words. go on. you don’t have to read these. I’m just filling up space so the gifs look better. words. words. Found a peanut, found a peanut, Found a peanut just now, Just now I found a peanut, Found a peanut just now. Cracked it open, cracked it open, Cracked it open just now, Just now I cracked it open, Cracked it open just now. It was rotten, it was rotten, It was rotten just now, Just now it was rotten, It was rotten just now. Ate it anyway, ate it anyway, Ate it anyway just now, Just now I ate it anyway, Ate it anyway just now. Got a stomach ache, got a stomach ache, Got a stomach ache just now, Just now I got a stomach ache, Got a stomach ache just now. Called the doctor, called the doctor, Called the doctor just now, Just now I called the doctor, Called the doctor just now. Penicillin, Penicillin, Penicillin just now, tumblr_mo3s30HJzZ1rtsnluo2_400Just now I took Penicillin, Penicillin just now. or Pepto Bismol. either or. Operation, operation, Operation just now, Just now an operation, An operation just now. Died anyway, died anyway, Died anyway just now, Just now I died anyway, Died anyway just now. Went to heaven, went to heaven, Went to heaven just now, Just now I went to heaven, Went to heaven just now. Wouldn’t take me, wouldn’t take me, Wouldn’t take me just now, Just now Heaven wouldn’t take me, Wouldn’t take me just now. Harry is Heavenly. continue. Went the other way, went the other way, Went the other way just now, Just now I went the other way, Went the other way just now. Shoveling coal, shoveling coal, shoveling coal just now. Just now I’m shoveling coal, shoveling coal, just now. Found a peanut, found a peanut, Found a peanut just now, Just now I found a peanut, Found a peanut just now. Harry probably sings that song in the shower. he’s adorkable enough to pull it off. tumblr_mumbhqLBjp1qfdneyo4_r1_400There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole. Then mend it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, Then mend it, dear Henry, dear Henry, mend it. With what shall I mend it, dear Liza, dear Liza? With what shall I mend it, dear Liza, with what? With straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, With straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, with straw. The straw is too long, dear Liza, dear Liza, The straw is too long, dear Liza, too long, Then cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, Then cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, cut it. With what shall I cut it, dear Liza, dear Liza? With what shall I cut it, dear Liza, with what?With a knife, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, With a knife, dear Henry, dear Henry, with an knife. The knife is too dull, dear Liza, dear Liza, The knife is too dull, dear Liza, too dull. the knife’s not the only thing that’s dull. just sayin. Then sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry Then sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, sharpen it. On what shall I sharpen it, dear Liza, dear Liza? On what shall I sharpen it, dear Liza, on what? On a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, On a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, a stone. The stone is too dry, dear Liza, dear Liza, The stone is too dry, dear Liza, too dry. Well wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, Well wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, wet it. With what shall I wet it, dear Liza, dear Liza? With what shall I wet it, tumblr_mqg5zctei91qfdneyo1_400dear Liza, with what? Try water, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, Try water, dear Henry, dear Henry, water. In what shall I fetch it, dear Liza, dear Liza? In what shall I fetch it, dear Liza, in what?In a bucket, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, In a bucket, dear Henry, dear Henry, a bucket. There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, a hole. Use your head, then! dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, Use your head, then! dear Henry, dear Henry, use your head! I think there’s a hole in that too, Liza. There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold And she’s buying a stairway to heaven. When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed With a word she can get what she came for. Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven. There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure ‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings. In a tree by the brook, tumblr_n6awepbs4g1qfdneyo5_400there’s a songbird who sings, Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven. yes spell check, misgiven is a word. because Robert Plant and Jimmy Page say so. who are you to question Robert Plant and Jimmy Page? Ooh, it makes me wonder, Ooh, it makes me wonder. There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west, And my spirit is crying for leaving. In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees, And the voices of those who stand looking. Ooh, it makes me wonder, Ooh, it really makes me wonder. And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune, Then the piper will lead us to reason. And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,  like all those spring-breakers at Disney World right now. And the forests will echo with laughter. If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now, It’s just a spring clean for the May queen. is that a bustle in your hedgerow, or are you just happy to see me? Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run There’s still time to change the road you’re on. And it makes me wonder.Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know, tumblr_mqpx7s3FaP1qfdneyo8_250The piper’s calling you to join him, Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know Your stairway lies on the whispering wind? And as we wind on down the road Our shadows taller than our soul. There walks a lady we all know Who shines white light and wants to show How everything still turns to gold. her name is Galadriel. And if you listen very hard The tune will come to you at last. but check the copyright first, just to be safe. When all are one and one is all To be a rock and not to roll. And she’s buying a stairway to heaven. Harry is sunshine on a cloudy day. In a cavern, In a canyon, Excavating for a mine, Dwelt a miner forty-niner, And his daughter Clementine.Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. Light she was and like a fairy, And her shoes were number nine; Herring boxes, without topses, don’t even start with me spell check. Sandals were for Clementine. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, tumblr_mrqmzgfeC71qfdneyo6_400You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. Harry and Kelly kissing in a tree. whoops, wrong song. Drove she ducklings to the water, Every morning just at nine; Hit her foot against a splinter, Fell into the foaming brine. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. Ruby lips above the water, Blowing bubbles, soft and fine; But Alas! I was no swimmer, So I lost my Clementine. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. When the miner forty-niner, Soon began to peak and pine, Thought he oughter join his daughter. Now he’s with his clementine. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. In a corner of the churchyard, Where the myrtle boughs entwine, Grow the roses in their poses, Fertilized by Clementine. Hannibal would like that verse. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine.tumblr_mjub7pD2hm1qc5k7uo3_500 In my dreams she still doth haunt me, Robed in garments soaked in brine. Though in life I used to hug her, Now she’s dead, I’ll draw the line. boy am I glad my grandma left off these last few verses when she used to sing it to me. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. How I missed her, how I missed her How I missed my Clementine. So I kissed her little sister, And forgot my Clementine. manwhore. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine. You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine. sorry not sorry. Words. huh. yeah. what are they good for? absolutely nothing. say it again. writer’s block is real.

 

a bubble-gum sweet fanvid, to cleanse your palette:

 

 

He Found It

In my last post I talked about how picky I am with the background images I choose for my computer because my husband teases me about them if they’re fangirl related. You think I’d be used to the teasing by now…when I was an early teen, my favorite band was Def Leppard. My mother and brother thought it was great fun to sing the hit song “Love Bites” in an Elmer Fudd voice outside my bedroom door. in the background when I was talking on the telephone. when they dropped me off at friend’s houses. It got old real fast.

when you make wuv, do you wook in the miwer..

when you make wuv, do you wook in the miwer..

This past weekend I hooked my laptop up to the flatscreen tv so that my husband and I could watch The Crucible. Unbeknownst to us, our son was downloading an update to one of his games, slowing down the internet connection so that it kept buffering every two minutes.

do you think we might have overreacted?

do you think we might have overreacted?

 

He only had 20 minutes left to go, so my husband was switching it back to regular tv while we waited…and my computer desktop image showed up right there in his face. He jumped like he’d seen something really offensive and then whined, “ah, now he’s there too?!”

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I told him that he could put an actress on his computer screen so that we’d be even. better yet, he could start a blog about her and I could help him! My mind went blank on actresses to suggest though. Jennifer Lawrence would be fun but he’s already got one clown to deal with, he doesn’t need two.

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He suggested Sandra Bullock, who he despises. umm. you’re supposed to pick someone you like. If I’m jumping on the crazy train, might as well go all the way. He’s an over-achiever.

Bollocks for Bullock

Bollocks for Bullock

He’s Worth It

I finally did it. I now have a picture of Richard Armitage as my laptop background image. Most of you are probably thinking, “WTF? I have Richard’s picture on every device I own. and I even add him to my friend’s devices when they’re not looking”. What can I say? I’m a late bloomer.

that's for putting your smirking mug on my phone!

that’s for putting your smirking mug on my phone!

 

I don’t buy a lot of movie merchandise or display it much. Having Pop! Thorin on my mantle is so out of the ordinary for me, it makes me laugh each time that I see it! So I’ve resisted the (very strong) urge to have Richard as my background image for quite awhile. My husband occasionally uses my computer and teases me for whatever is on it. That’s not exactly true, he doesn’t use my computer he fixes it. I’ve always been jinxed when it comes to electronics, computers especially. If something is going to go wrong with any of the countless media devices in our household, odds are that it will be mine.

me every.single.day.

me every.single.day.

 

Normally I have nature images as my background but recently I’ve had a pic of Jamie Fraser in period costume. It’s a compromise of sorts since there’s a nice bit of natural Scotland in there as well. I can get by with a picture like this with little to no teasing because it’s of a fictional character. The fact that it’s not historically accurate though has been bothering me.

no Tree Farms in 18th century Scotland, afaik

no Timber Farms in 18th century Scotland, afaik

I do have a picture of Richard on my keychain (that my kids tease me about), as well as a Crucible poster on my wall….in the laundry room. But the background image on a device that I use every day is a little different. I need to feel connected to it. When I ran across this image of Richard a few weeks ago, I found myself going back to it again and again. It comforts me for some reason, makes me feel good, lighter somehow. And that’s a feeling I’ll endure teasing to keep.

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** my computer suddenly turned off for no discernible reason while writing this post…

What’s What

My husband was watching a DVR’d episode of “Agents of Shield” recently and I decided to watch along. Most of the time I only half pay attention, usually occupying myself with something near by within hearing distance- it gets confusing trying to follow who is good, then bad, then good again. I know enough to be able to follow the storyline though so I wasn’t totally lost. At one point in the program I noticed these guys in a picture that was hanging on the wall:

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I perked up and said, “hey, those guys are from the first movie!” (Captain America: the first Avenger) to which my husband backed up the program to see if I was right (18 years of marriage and he still doubts me. when is he going to learn?) Then the characters in the show started talking about fighting Hydra and how they were going to take them down even if it might seem like a never ending battle. to which I said…

-say it with me-

Cut off one head…two more shall take it’s place.

Hail Hydra!

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Then I felt all proud of my geeky self. see, I know what’s what!

(thanks Richard!)

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this is what, and then some…