Movie Review – Bumblebee

bumblebee-poster-1-1Hubby and I don’t frequent the movies often, but he loves Transformers. The new prequel came out, and he wanted to see it. I don’t mind the Transformers movies, but they just seem to get cheesier with each iteration. Hailee Steinfield is the main character, so I figured, how bad could it be?

IMDb: On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Not a horrible description, but finding refuge in a junkyard doesn’t really cover it. More like, is damaged during battle so badly, he goes into sleep mode until a young girl finds him.

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Movie Review: Jurassic World

jurassic-world-hero-logo-v4I have watched every Jurassic movie that has come out since the original when I was a kid. To this day I still have dreams of velociraptors chasing after me, but I do like these movies. Now that Chris Pratt is in them, I love them even more!

IMDb: A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

The part Ian Malcom plays in these movies has always been my favorite. Since the very first Jurassic Park movie, Ian is anti-dinosaurs being brought back to the world, and he has some of the best lines.

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it.

Don’t you see the danger, John, inherent in what you’re doing here? Genetic power is the most awesome force the planet’s ever seen, but you wield it like a kid that’s found his dad’s gun.

And finally, Jurassic World quotes.

How many times do you have to see the evidence? How many times must the point be made? We’re causing our own extinction. Too many red lines have been crossed, and our home has, in fundamental ways, been polluted by avarice and political megalomania. Genetic power has now been unleashed and of course, that’s going to be catastrophic. This change was inevitable from the moment we brought the first dinosaur back from extinction. We convince ourselves that sudden change is something that happens outside the normal order of things, like a car crash, or that it’s beyond our control, like a fatal illness. We don’t conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as woven into the very fabric of existence. Yet, I can assure you, it most assuredly is. And it’s happening now. Humans and dinosaurs are now going to be forced to coexist. These creatures were here before us. And if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after. We’re going to have to adjust to new threats that we can’t imagine. We’ve entered a new era. Welcome to Jurassic World.

The story of all these movies has been, even if we harness the ability, should we use it? There is a God-syndrome that is clear in people who believe they are creating or have already created something they believe no one else could do. They think they control the power, the knowledge, the ability to do it over and over again, but as the wise Dr. Malcom continues to say, there is science, and there is God. And these scientist are playing with something they neither understand nor control.

Now that the dinosaurs have been released into the world, it will be interesting to see how it plays out, if it plays out, in future iterations. I can’t imagine there would be much more to play with in the current universe of people co-existing with dinosaurs, but I’m sure these writers will find a way!

TV Show Review – The Passage

thepassagepromo43The new Fox series The Passage is a must watch! It has been a long time since a real TV show has captured my attention, but this show has me begging for more. My husband and I just binge watched the five released episodes and cannot wait for the next one! It’s a cross between The Walking Dead, The Strain, and I am Legend.

Let’s get a closer look.

IMDb: When a botched U.S. government experiment turns a group of death row inmates into highly infectious vampires, an orphan girl might be the only person able to stop the ensuing crisis.

To whomever wrote the description, summary, and tagline, it does not do it justice. We had no idea what we were getting into when we first started to watch this show as the previews were confusing and the synopsis is vague. Based on the advertisement for the series, honestly, we probably never would have watched it on our own, but thanks to my mother-in-law and the author of the book, Justin Cronin, this show is based off of, we gave it a try. So glad we did!

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What is your go to Playlist?

Help! I am in need of a playlist that fits all moods. I use Spotify, and haven’t found one that really speaks to me yet. What is yours? Share you station, and tell me what makes you feel good. I’m running out of ideas, which is silly since there are millions, if not trillions of songs.

Hit me with your best shot! (Please don’t include that song in your playlist. It’s just not a good vibe for me.)spotify-logo-primary-horizontal-dark-background-rgb-0

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you are enjoying your day with loved ones, and finding the romance in your life. Even if you’re not and want to wear black today to honor the demise of your love life, take heart and know that love has all different forms. Someone in this world loves you. I promise you that!

I also want to take a minute to express to women the responsibility that I believe we ignore on such occasions. Not just Valentine’s Day, but most relationship rooted events like anniversaries. It is not solely your significant other’s job to celebrate the day by showering you with kindness in the form of gifts or other presentations of their affection. We must also do the same. Didn’t your momma ever say do unto others as you want done unto you, or something like that?

Take the initiative this Valentine’s Day, ladies, and surprise your man with a big red heart filled with chocolate. Bring him a bouquet of flowers, or donuts, or whatever he’s into. It take two to be in a relationship, and if he isn’t getting any special treatment for the day, why do you believe that you should?

Food for thought. That is all.

Book Review: Worth the Fight by Vi Keeland

Ah! My bread and butter. I love me some steamy romance! Sometimes it’s nice to come back to home plate every now and then. I need some beautiful character building and bonding, watching a relationship grow and taking hold of two characters is so amazing. I can almost feel the magnetic pull these characters experience as the story transforms their lives from comfort to wild paths of lust and eventual serenity of love.

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Goodreads: It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same. 

Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.

Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.

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WordPress, what are you doing?

Related imageIf you can’t tell, I use WordPress for my website. I love it! They are leaps and bounds better than the last host I had, and I’m glad I made the switch. All around just easier for me to write, find stats, and all around utilize. Recently, however, I’m concerned with their interface changes. I like pink as much as the next person (well, maybe not as much as my daughter), but what is with the now pink buttons and coloring on most visuals?

Also, they are soon coming out with a new editor. They are allowing you to switch between classic and this new version for now, but if they ever make it mandatory, I swear I’ll lose my mind. I just don’t find it very intuitive. When I’m writing, I’m not looking for all the fancy stuff a webmaster can throw at me. I literally want something I click on maybe twice and write, post, and move on to the next.

I’m a simple gal, looking for a simple tool to broadcast my voice. WordPress, don’t get too fancy on me!

Book Review: A Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

I know I am late to the party on this one, but I just had to give my review of this novel. I’m a sucker for historical romance as it as, so through in some fantasy and mysterious characters and I’m all in! In all, it probably took me about 8 reading hours to finish this novel. Every time I opened it, I was immediately sucked into the story and easily followed along the journey, which is hard to do with how many times I have to open and close any book between work and family demands.

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Goodreads: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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Mental Block

I’ve been staring at this blank screen for a while now. I’m not even sure why. I just don’t have it in me currently to push out any coherent thoughts. Everything is internalized. When I start down this path of keeping it all on, it only ever leads to one thing. A block. A huge freaking wall that I slam head on. I don’t know what brought this one on, but I think I have a hunch as to why it’s lasting this long.

I recently wrote about my latest tattoo. I love it. It’s beautiful, but it’s bringing out emotions I thought I had already dealt with. I guess grieving is never really over.

I will get past this. I can work through it, but man, it’s kicking my butt. I just need to keep writing, keep my fingers moving. I can do this. Writing keeps me whole and helps me deal. I will get my groove back. Soon.

The New Year – Keeping it moving

This year, I’m not going to set any resolutions like I have in the past because most of them would remain the same. Not for lack of progress, but simply because I want to continue to build upon what I have accomplished thus far. I want to be healthier, to travel more than I already have, and write more. Those items haven’t changed from last year. What has changed is my perspective on those items.

Healthier is no longer this unobtainable goal that I quit trying for halfway through the year. It’s a constant effort for the rest of my life to work on my crazy eating habits and chocolate addiction. Every little step I take towards becoming healthier is a feat.

I’ve traveled to one new place this year, a mountain resort nearby for my daughter’s birthday. It wasn’t my favorite trip by far, but gladly, we were able to take a mini vacation to the beach with family over the summer to make up for it. I want to continue to travel and see new places, even if they are close to home.

Lastly, I want to write! But when don’t I? I have the sequel to Guardians going through the editing process for publishing sometime in Spring 2019, and the third installment set for completion sometime in late Summer 2019. I have other ideas to explore, blogs and articles to write. I just love doing it, so continue on I will.

So, these really aren’t resolutions anymore. They’ve kind of become my new way of being. I will carry on and build upon my accomplishments because it’s what I want out of life, not just one year in the midst of a century.