Monday, July 21, 2014

If You're Still Going Through Harry Potter Withdrawal

Clevver News (yes, the double V is intentional) does a pretty thorough "Where are they now?" regarding a good selection of the actors. Although much of this isn't surprising, it's nice to have it all gathered into one video:

Here's one that wasn't included: Daniel Radcliffe in the upcoming Horns, based on the book written by Joe Hill. That is, I believe, Radcliffe narrating. I think he did a pretty good job of recreating an American accent.

Have a great day!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Can I Get a Pumpkin, Please?

I've never been much of a gardener. Most likely because I'm a lazy gardener. I have no clue what the best fertilizer is for whatever type of plant I'm growing, I know little about soil types, and I hate weeding. I'm sure I could master learning all of those things (and doing more weeding) if I was so inclined, but there are only so many hours in a day, and we all have to make choices about how we spend those hours. It turns out that I'm just not that interested in studying fertilizing methods.

Still, I do love looking at other people's gardens, and I like trying out my own, as long as I can stick to the basics of making sure the plants have enough sun and water. So, it's been fun watching my roses bloom this year, eating my own home-grown tomatoes, and now, watching a pumpkin come to life. I'm not sure if the pumpkin will survive. We have lots of squirrels and rabbits, and now and then they like to sample things even if after one bite, they determine that a tomato is not to their liking. Hopefully, they'll leave my one tiny, lonely little pumpkin alone.

First (and possibly only) pumpkin of the season:

Do you have interests you might like to pursue if you weren't so busy pursuing other interests?

Have a great day!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Whole Harry Potter Series in Two Minutes

A comic summary of the case you didn't read them or missed seeing the movies or have been visiting another galaxy. Weird but fun.

Oddly enough, this makes me want to go back and reread all the books, but I'm already rereading the 12-book Poldark series (and it's not going fast. I have lots of articles and nonfiction books that I also need to finish). Someday, though, I'll revisit Harry and Hogwarts.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Movie Trailer and a Red Dress

Last year I posted the trailer to the movie, About Time, which I finally got around to seeing (yes, I'm way behind). It was a fun and touching movie, and yes, it was a love story but also so much more. It's a movie about families and friends and relationships, fathers and sons, and it just happens to have a paranormal element as well.

The heroine, played by Rachel McAdams, wears a red wedding dress. I've done posts on red wedding dresses before, but since I'm entranced with the idea, here are some more.

2 from J J's House

from Etsy

Also from Etsy

I don't need a wedding dress, and mine was white and lovely, but if I got married today, I might go red just for the fun of it. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For Writers, Teachers, Editors and Anyone Interested in Language

Weird Al Yankovic has just released a new album, and here's a clip of "Word Crimes" set to the tune of "Blurred Lines." Just a little fun!

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Book...and a Movie

Last week The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch showed up as a Kindle sale item in an email I received, so I gave it a try. It was a pleasant surprise. The book details what happens when David Finch, five years into his marriage, discovers that he has Asperger syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder) and that his behavior  is creating problems in his relationships. He at once decides to make changes in order to save his marriage, and the result is his journal of best practices and an interesting, informative, touching and often humorous book. (As of today's date, the ebook is still only $1.99 at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble, possibly elsewhere).

In a strange twist, I was glancing through my Amazon Prime Instant Video list and realized that somehow I had missed seeing the movie Temple Grandin (starring Claire Danes). If you, like me, haven't seen it, it's definitely worth a watch. Diagnosed autistic at age four, Temple Grandin is an incredibly interesting woman. She holds a PhD in animal science, she's an inventor interested in the humane treatment of animals who has designed animal handling devices and livestock handling facilities around the world. She is also a professor, a speaker in demand throughout the world and a bestselling author of numerous books, most notably on the topic of autism. In 2010 Time Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Here's the trailer for the movie:

And here's a TED talk she gave in 2010:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gift Wrap Books with Fabric (and some fun craft links)

I've always thought about using fabric rather than wrapping paper (I have some nice remnants), but I've never actually followed through on it. Here's one clever way (actually 3 clever ways) to wrap books or small boxes.

In addition, here are some fun links I've come across in recent days:

Inspiration & Realisation, a fun craft site



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Poldark Returns

This is not actually news, since it was announced some months ago, but there's going to be a remake of the Poldark series. The original series (1975-) was based on the first seven books in Winston Graham's series. I've read all seven books (so many times that the cover fell off my copy of Ross Poldark, the first book in the series). But I have never read the other books. Fortunately, I was able to find copies and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books.




(Note: I haven't provided links to any of these, as, evidenced by the different styles shown here, there are numerous editions available).

Here's a trailer from the original series, one of my favorites:

There's also a book written by Robin Ellis, who played Ross Poldark about the making of the series as well as the details behind the never filmed third season and a bit about Robin Ellis's career after Poldark, including his current career as a cookbook author. For more about Robin Ellis, visit his website. (He's going to have a part in the new series). 

The new series will air in 2015 and will feature Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark. Here's a video (about the last Hobbit film) featuring Aidan Turner (as well as Richard Armitage and Dean O'Gorman, who alas, will not be in the new Poldark series. I adore Richard Armitage. If you haven't seen North and South, I highly recommend it). 

I'm really looking forward to this new Poldark series. For now...back to reading the books.

Have a great day!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Recycling T-Shirts Using a Bleach Pen

This idea has been circulating for quite awhile, but I hadn't seen it, so I'm assuming (perhaps wrongly) that I'm not the only one. Here's a shirt that has been transformed using a bleach pen.

citrus tshirt

And here's a link to some basic instructions (note that this blogger/crafter did hers freehand, but I've seen some made using store bought or homemade stencils). And obviously, a T-shirt isn't the only item this could be used on, but I do see the appeal. One blogger discussed how many thrift store T-shirts she had. Sounds like a way to get a new shirt for very little money (I always love a bargain)!

Have you seen these? Or even better, made one?

Have a great day!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

What I've Been Reading

I have, over the years, read and reread, the first few (maybe 5?) books in Winston Graham's Poldark series. There are 11 altogether, and I've recently managed to snag the rest of the books, so I was all set to read them when a copy of Longbourn came in at the library on a 7-day checkout (no renewals).

So I quickly changed my plans and dove into Longbourn by Jo Baker. I was not disappointed. It's Pride and Prejudice (sort of) told from the viewpoint of the servants in the Bennet household. So, it's less about the Bennets and more about the lives of those servants, in particular, Sarah, a young woman who had come to the household as a child but is now grown. I'm not sure I can ever read Pride and Prejudice with the same blithe disregard for the shadowy servants in the book again, but I highly recommend Longbourn.

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