Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Elijah Wood!

Or should I say, Happy Birthday, Mr. Frodo Baggins? Anyway, today is Lij's 32nd birthday, approximately 3 years older than me since I just celebrated mine!

I remember the first time I ever saw him in a movie. It was Huck Finn and he was only about 13. I saw it a few years after the release, so I probably saw it when I was 13, and I just absolutely adored him. I think it was those big blue eyes, and his general, all-around snarkiness that won me over. While I'm years past the crush stage, I always smile whenever I see him. He took Frodo Baggins and made him into something memorable.

Seeing him at the beginning of The Hobbit warmed my heart and shot me back 11 years ago to when I saw Fellowship for the 1st time. It was the most amazing experience to relive those emotions.

Happy Birthday, Lij, we'll always love you!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Welcome Baby Buble!!

Michael Buble is pregnant! You know what I mean, his wife Luisana is pregnant, with their very first child!

*tosses confetti merrily into the air*

We love you, Michael, and congratulations!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Awesomeness of Liam Neeson!

Liam Neeson actually challenges Bourne for the coolest action flicks out there, starring a hero who's a conflicted killer. Of course, Liam is just awesome regardless, so any movie he makes is prone towards excellence, with the possible exception of The Phantom Menace.

This time, the family members of the men he killed in the first Taken, are out for vengeance. On a business trip to Istanbul, Bryan Mills invites his daughter Kim, and her mother Lenore to accompany him. Sort of a family bonding time. Everything's rosy until the bad guys show up, and suddenly Mills finds himself using a skill-set that he'd just as soon forget. Although that suitcase in the closet stuffed with weaponry sure does come in handy. The poor guy never goes looking for trouble, it just finds him.

It is movies like this that really make me despise people of a terrorist mindset. Don't you dare touch my family, but yours is free game, and in fact, as soon as I catch your daughter, I'm selling her to the worst scumbags out there who will ravish her repeatedly. All because you killed my son who had kidnapped your daughter way back in the first movie so he could sell her the first time. Such a nice, upstanding boy, yeah? You really raised him right, you should be proud. It's sickening. And what's worse? In some cases, it's true.

Lots of blood splatters and gunfights, and Neeson's no wimp when it comes to fisticuffs either. Very little in the way of foul language, which I appreciated, and also pretty nix on the sexual content. Just a scene with Kim and her boyfriend at the beginning that ended pretty quick because Daddy showed up at the front door to give her a driving lesson. Never mind that he found out the address of said boyfriend on the sly. He did track down Kim in a huge city in the first movie, so he can easily find her boyfriend's address.

Taken 2 is a fun way to pass the time, especially if you're an action adventure lover like me.

One tip to Lenore, though:

1) You aren't gagged.

2) You're being dragged away by men intent on cutting you into little pieces and mailing them to your family.

3) This means that they want to torture you slowly, and are NOT going to shoot you dead.

4) Your hubby/whatever is in the house, with a gun, and his whole intent is to save you.



Seriously, screenwriters should take a page out of real people's lives once in awhile. If I were being dragged off down a dark corridor, and I had a husband like Bryan Mills or Ethan Hunt or Jason Bourne, I'd be screaming to let him know where I was. It's just common sense, especially in this case where you know they don't want to ruin the pleasure of killing you slowly. Oi!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy Birthday, Orlando Bloom!

Orlando is better known as Legolas of Mirkwood, Thranduil's son from The Hobbit. He is the blonde-haired elf from The Lord of the Rings with an insane fandom of teen girls that threw me off him completely. It is only now, over 10 years later, that I'm starting to appreciate Legolas.

So, Happy Birthday, dear Orlando. I'm excited at the prospect of seeing you appear in The Hobbit for old times sake, just as Elijah Wood's smiling countenance in the 1st installment made me grin in return.

My one condition is that you must do something amazingly impossible, like taking down an entire Oliphant single-handedly or skateboarding on an Orc shield down a long flight of stairs, all while firing your mighty arrows at the enemy.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Library Loot - 2nd Week of January

Yes, I'm on a young adult fiction kick, and really loving it. Not that I have all that much time to read, what with school, but I snatch a few chapters here and there. I really should read that Death in the Air book from last week. I started it, but got distracted by the Classic Children's Lit Challenge that I'm doing. My bad!

New Loot:
  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madelaine L'Engle
  • Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Old Loot:
  • Boy Sherlock Holmes: Death in the Air by Shane Peacock
  • The Curse of the Toads by Rebecca Lisle
  • Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Women in Tolkien's World

Eowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan

The age old complaint has reared its head again.

"Why didn't Tolkien write women in his stories?"

"Why aren't there any women in 'The Hobbit'?"

Or rather:

"Why does Tolkien's world lack women characters?"

Here's my answer.

It doesn't.

Tolkien wrote Arwen, the elven princess who Aragorn loved so much his heart nearly broke over her, and who gave up her immortality to be with the man she loved. This meant living several thousand years after Aragorn died; using up every one of her years lived as an immortal.

Tolkien created Galadriel, the elven queen, whose beauty was so unimaginable that Gimli the dwarf begged of her a lock of golden hair. She gave Frodo the Light of Earendil to protect and guide him. She is the most powerful and beloved member of the White Council.

And finally, the beloved Eowyn, princess of Rohan, shieldmaiden who knows how to wield a sword in defense of those she loves. Eowyn, who disguised herself as a man so she could follow her uncle, Theoden King, into combat when they defended Minis Tirith in Gondor against the armies of Mordor.

How can you say there are no women in Tolkien's world?

If anything, Peter Jackson enhanced all of the female roles in Tolkien's world. Galadriel is in The Hobbit, a place she has never before been, and will undoubtedly fight against the Necromancer before the end of the series. Arwen, who had only a brief mention in Tolkien's books, rides to the rescue and carries Frodo on her horse Asfaloth to safety when Frodo cannot protect himself. And Eowyn, she is more magnificent than I ever imagined possible, so cool and beautiful and fierce.

Do not tell me that there are no women in Tolkien's world. If anything, they outshine the men because they are not haphazardly tossed into the story, but each one has a glorious purpose of light.

Written in response to the following article:

Why Does Tolkien's World lack Women Characters

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Spring in January

I tend to get bored with my decor, so last year I made an effort o try something new. I went with pinks and blues and greens. It's amazing how just that little change can lift a person's spirit. I love my retro decor, but I think that will wait until it can go in a guest room. I just can't use it in my bedroom anymore. It's too loud, or something.

This was changed out just after the new year. I love Christmas, but all of those nutcrackers in my room can get a bit depressing. I'm glad I made the alteration before the start of my next semester. This color scheme is very cheerful and makes me happy.

The top of my dresser. I LOVE those lit flowers!

Caitlin painted this of me after we visited
Pagosa Springs in 2011. The frame is perfect
for it. The little beaded flower is something
I made last year, and the ATC (artist trading card)
stuck in the top of the frame is something
I made for a New Year's Eve craft party.

I painted the teddy bear years ago at a
friend's birthday party, and there's another
one of the beaded flowers I made.

This is an ATC that Caitlin made
during one of her brain-storming sessions
with her crafting friend.

Another ATC card that I made for the
New Year's Eve party. The vase is something
Dad etched a few years ago. I added pink tulle
and beaded that lovely ball for effect. The tulle
makes it work.

The shelf was a gift from last year. I wanted a
corner unit and Dad found the perfect one. The
ladies I've had since as long as I can remember.
They're so stylish!

The top of my lovely cherry wood desk.
I love glitter, hence the glittery floral
arrangement. There's even a paper crane
nestled in the center.

Another ATC that Caitlin had made and
generously gave me.
Can you tell that I love butterflies?

My Christmas gift, homemade by a very dear friend.
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