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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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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Tattoo Me

I now have a total of four tattoos. Judge me all you want if you don’t like tattoos, but I love them, and before you step on your soap box, here me out. Each and every one of them have meaning.

The first tattoo I got at 18, young, wild, and free. My best friend at the time and I got matching butterflies on our ankles. The artists weren’t the greatest, and the butterflies are lackluster, but in that moment, it was exactly what I wanted. I wanted to do something crazy, something our parents probably wouldn’t like, but most of all, I wanted to make a lifelong memory with my best friend. Now, it’s a forever reminder of that crazy summer, one I will never and don’t want to ever forget.

My second tattoo was in two parts. The first was a word, Fayeth, and later I added a Navy anchor and the article “of”, so it became Anchor of Fayeth. This is my dedication to my husband’s grandparents who passed in 2011 and I was very close with.

Next and more recently, I added a tribute to my maternal grandparents who passed in 2015. A horseshoe and rose over my right shoulder will forever symbolize the greatest memories I have with them.

Lastly, the sparrow and nautical star on my other ankle. This is extremely emotional for me to discuss because the greatest sense of loss I have ever experienced in my life thus far is the day I lost one of my closest friends since childhood. It was just too soon, completely unexpected. She drew this sparrow and star so long ago, but it’s because she drew it that I have placed it on my body forever.

So, you may still not like them, but you cannot deny that sometimes they have a greater meaning and purpose. They may not be for you, but they are exactly what I need.

Google IT Technician Certification

I have been working on obtaining my mac-glasses for a few weeks now. And by a few weeks, I mean more than four. And by more than four, I mean a few months. And by a few, I mean three. Luckily, it stops there.

There are six modules in a course, and each of the modules has several lessons. I almost completed the first module and have started the second. The information is really thorough, and I feel like this small portion I have completed has taught me a lot already. Things like binary and building a computer from scratch. It really is interesting, but I’m moving a lot slower than I anticipated. It’s not that I’m bored with the content; I really think the reason is because of the nature of the courses.

At SNHU, even though it was an online school which allowed you to learn at your own pace, there was structure, deadlines, and someone holding you accountable. With this Google IT Technician Certification, the only person to hold you accountable is you. Sure, there are “professors” teaching you the lessons via the recorded streaming videos, but they aren’t active in your learning, checking up on you, marking down your grade if you don’t complete an assignment within the allotted week. You are literally on your own to take the lessons.

Hold myself accountable, you say? Oh, why didn’t I think of that! Wait, I did, and failed. Miserably. I need a new strategy, but I am really struggling with time management. Maybe I still have senioritis from graduating a year ago. Maybe my willpower is just depleted along with my sanity and drive to focus on anything other than making it through my day to day. Wow, that sounds like a very sad existence.

WAKE UP CALL!! I’m hearing it. I’ve got to get my big ole’ head back in the game! (Too High School Musical for you? Me too.)

Valerian – Movie Review

May be a little late to the party, but I figured I could give my two cents on this movie in case anyone has held out longer than I have from watching it.

The amount of money dumped into this film for its graphics must have been astronomical! Almost every “person” in this film was somehow CGI’ed to an alien species. The worlds they created were so well thought out in depth. The vivid imagery was mesmerizing as was the story once it finally got going. I can’t imagine the man-hours and time it took to produce this film.

51b1d40punl-_sy453_bo1204203200_IMDB: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

I had no idea this movie was based on a French comic. How interesting! Although, that’s about as interesting as it gets. Everything I said above is true, but the WOW factor stopped at the graphics. The actors were not my favorite. The enthusiasm of the movie was a bit flat.

To come up with a universe so vast and tapped into, a universe of over a thousand inhabited worlds, is too big for my brain to comprehend. I think that is ultimately what kept my interest, the idea of the infinite. How anyone can even attempt to grasp the concept is beyond me. I feel as if my brain is leaving gravity’s tug whenever the idea of how truly expansive the universe is floats within my thoughts.

Overall, I would recommend the movie, but with the disclaimer not to go into it expecting anything award winning.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 2

If you didn’t know that I am absolutely in love with the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” then you don’t know me at all! I binge watched this show the week it came out, and I have missed it so much! I have been dying to know when the next season will come out, and finally Amazon has given a release date!

DECEMBER 5, 2018

No one talk to me for a week. Expect nothing out of me during this time. I will be holed up in my room every night watching this show until I have gorged on Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub to my hearts content then immediate demise as I have to wait who know how long for the next season! Oh, the tragedy of a streaming series!

If you know nothing about this series, please allow me to enlighten you. It is magnificent!!

maisel65628816.jpgAmazon – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 1: Winner of 8 Emmy Awards. In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel’s life is on track- husband, kids, and elegant Yom Kippur dinners in their Upper West Side apartment. But when her life takes a surprise turn, she has to quickly decide what else she’s good at – and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her.

Amazon – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 2: After Midge’s triumph at the Gaslight, the fallout from her takedown of Sophie Lennon looms large, making her climb up the comedy ladder more challenging than ever. As the actual grind of being a comic begins to take its toll on Midge, the pressure to come clean to her family weighs on her – especially as her choices have a ripple effect on everyone around her.

BINGE, BINGE, BINGE!!