Video I Love: Movie Hat Tricks

Yeah, a wee theme going on there :D

What movies have you seen three or more times?

Ten on Tuesday: Oscar

ToT-Button10 Thoughts On This Year’s Oscar Show. Or, if you don’t watch The Oscars, 10 Reasons Why You Don’t Watch the Oscars. Or even 10 Things You Do Instead of Watching the Oscars.

We DID watch the Oscars. In fact, we had a rather unique opportunity this year in that the majority of the nominated movies circulated through my office in the weeks leading up to Sunday night’s show.

So, here goes:

  1. We thought Ellen DeGeneres did a pretty good job of hosting the Academy Awards. The wee beasties especially enjoyed the whole pizza delivery thing.
  2. We agreed on Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor.
  3. We agreed on Matthew McConaughey for Best Leading Actor.
  4. We agreed on Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress.
  5. I never got around to watching Blue Jasmine so can’t speak to Cate Blanchett for Best Lead Actress, though I do like her in general.
  6. We were thrilled 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture.
  7. After watching the BAFTA show I want to watch Philomena and I thought it was cool that the real lady was in the audience.
  8. UGH on the number of wins Gravity took home. Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed the movie but not to that level.
  9. There’s interest now to watch Dallas Buyers Club now that the males in my house understand a bit more about the story. I guess reading the back of the DVD wasn’t enough.
  10. The “In Memoriam” always gets me. Using the song from Somewhere in Time choked me up. I appreciated Bette Midler preforming Wind Beneath My Wings though her voice isn’t what it used to be.

Did you watch the Oscars?

Reading Week

I don’t know if any other school districts do this or not. I certainly don’t remember it from my school days.

Here in Nevada, or at least southern Nevada, the week of Dr Seuss’ birthday is Nevada Reading Week. The wee beasties’ elementary school goes all out.

All this week, teachers will be calling trying to catch students reading. I, personally, will be enjoying the silence of three of the four wee beasties reading between 7 and 7:30 pm, guaranteed every night, all week :)

Plus there are activities at school this. Yesterday, was a book picnic. Today, is a contest to see which student has the most words on their shirt. Tomorrow, is dressing up like a favorite book character. Thursday is the family literacy night which will include watching The Lorax. And Friday is hat day, as in The Cat in the Hat, hat day.

We have fun challenges for home, too. Family game night. Read to a family member night. Turn off the TV (and video games) night. The wee beasties turn in tickets for each activity and are entered to win books.

Have you ever heard of Reading Week?

If you could dress up as your favorite book character tomorrow, who would you be?

I’m leaning toward Mary Poppins myself :D

Thanksgiving Traditions

Hope y’all had a fabulous Thanksgiving.

Not having local family members to visit or cook for on Thanksgiving means we often have a quiet day. This year the topic of traditions came up.

That Man and I, thankfully, grew up with very similar traditions which made the merging of our lives fairly painless. Of course, we’ve also developed some of our own.

Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving for That Man until he’s watched –

and it has become a tradition for us the night before Thanksgiving. And, in my male dominated house, football is a must on the day.

For me, as long as Christmas isn’t encroaching on Thanksgiving I’m good :D

However, the minute that dinner is over, the food put away, I’m ready to settle in with my dessert and watch –

(And it has to be the black and white version!) Then Christmas may start.

What must you watch or do on Thanksgiving to make it complete?

Sunday Summary

It’s been a busy week of learning new things!

I made it for D&E Morning Pages three of the last seven. No new writing or, more importantly at this point, revisions and re-writes. With the new job, and scheduled hours all over the map, there isn’t a guarantee of Dark & Early writing time. Just as there isn’t a guarantee of Late & Dark writing time. So fitting writing time, as least consistent writing time, is a challenge I have yet to master.

And there were days I didn’t even turn on the computer to check emails! I’m afraid to open Google Reader and Triberr, LOL. There just hasn’t been the time to read, much less respond, to blogs. I feel bad about that, even as I know y’all understand the crazy that is life. I’ve driven by Facebook and Twitter a couple times :)

Thus, I’m still on the fence about ROW80. On one hand, I’m positive it would help me get back in the swing of things. On the other hand, I don’t feel I have the energy.

My goal for this coming week is simply to write for 30 minutes every single day.

On the up side, I think Beastie Girl will be a princess (though I’m not sure about that hat!) for Halloween :) Work is having a contest for best pet costume. I’ll have to come up with something for myself…can’t remember the last time I dressed up for Halloween, LOL.

Do you dress up for Halloween? What will you be wearing this year?

To Dennis With Love

I wasn’t going to post today…it has been one of those weekends.

A few weeks ago I received the email I had both been expecting and dreading. Hospice had been called in for my second father, Daddy Dennis.

Dennis has always been a man of quiet strength, his faith as intricate to him as breathing, and someone people would describe as a non-fighter. He often stood as the peacemaker when our families shared a home.

He’s the man who had an entire dinner party laughing to the point of tears over a simple family meal that will forever be known as “Giggle Charlie” — I have no idea what we called the dish prior to that night. For dessert, he served us tissue to wipe our eyes.

He’s the man who taught me to drive a stick shift.

He’s the man I could go to no matter what and trust he’d listen without fixing.

He very literary took me from crayons to perfume…

Friday, Hospice informed the family Dennis likely wouldn’t make it through the night.

This Lulu song has been playing in my head ever since.

How do you say good-bye?

For me, I was unable to. Dennis wasn’t able to take phone calls. Yet he surprised everyone and made it through the night.

This morning, I woke to the news he passed last night.

Rest in Peace Dennis. I love you and you will be missed.


I’m not talking about this –

But rather this –

Joely put out a call for Vegetarian meals recently and I pulled this one out for her. This is something all my kids eat ever since watching the movie. If you have extras from your garden this is a great way to use them up. Additionally, you serve it at room temp or cold so perfect for a hot summer day.

1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggplants, cubed
6 zucchini, cubed
2 onions, sliced
3 green peppers, sliced (I usually use yellow and/or red…kids love the extra color)
1 small bunch celery, sliced
6 cloves garlic, slivered
1 28-oz can tomato puree (I usually use diced tomato rather than puree)
2 sticks cinnamon
1 cup raisins or currants
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. EACH dried oregano, basil, and thyme
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

In large, heavy pot, heat oil. Over med-hi heat, saute about 10 minutes the eggplants, zucchini, onions, peppers, celery, and garlic until veggies are heated through and glisten. Add tomatoes, cinnamon, raisins, bay leaves, salt, herbs, black pepper to taste, and sugar. Partially cover the pot. Cook over low heat for 2 hours or until liquid is reduced and flavors are combined. During last 15 minutes add wine vinegar. Taste and correct seasonings. There should be a pungent, sweet-sour taste. Cool mixture. Cover and chill overnight. Flavor will improve and become rich upon standing. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Wee Beastie Rating:

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Let me ‘splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

I completely forgot to post last week. I’d love to blame it on having a blast with the family. Sure, that was part of it. I had planned to dazzle y’all with some vacation highlights. Even preloaded all the links.

Of course, it was vacation and NOTHING went as planned, LOL

We lost our upstairs A/C, during 115 days…yeah, not pretty. That Man came down with some kind of stomach thing that laid him low for almost three days. And due to the heat, some of the activities we WANTED to do just weren’t gonna happen.

The biggest shock?

I, known paparazzi mum, took not a single picture!

The goal for the week had been to hit some of the things locally we’ve been meaning to since moving here back in 2007. And we did get to Springs Preserve as a part of that. Fabulous. And we in no way saw everything there was to see. Definitely on the must return list.

We also watched a fair amount of movies. Places with A/C were kinda a priority :)

Plus we did some usual summer activities like going to the Outdoor Picture Show. We pack a picnic dinner, stake out our spot on the grass (a rather rare commodity here, LOL), eat and enjoy the carousel while we wait for it to get dark enough to watch the movie.

Mostly…I plum lost track of time. That’s my story for not posting last Sunday and I’m stickin’ to it :D

Then, this week, what I’ve been itching to have happen, happened.

I’d been importing a story into Scrivener as part of a general Word clean up. These characters never really left me, murmuring in the background, but I KNEW the story needed major work. Possibly an entire rewrite. So, I hadn’t looked at it since I finished it during Joely’s MayNaNo thing two years ago. Actually, that was part of the original Coyote Con. Anyway, a character threw me for a loop. Loved the extra tension it would add to the story but didn’t feel I was at the point to pull it off then. Perhaps I’m still not, but I’ve been sucked back into the story, possibly the first of three stories.

I’ve been so obsessed, I’ve kinda dropped off the face of the Internet. I apologize for not getting around to your blogs or waving at you from Twitter or Facebook. I’m sure it’ll be impossible to catch up on everything y’all have been up to but I will try to at least stop by :)

Speaking of blogs, I will be over at Maria’s Back to Basics blog on Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

Title Quote: Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride

Video I Love: Feels Like Home

Meet the Cards: The Devil

Or in this case, BINDWEED. Talk about a shadowed card! In most decks, the Devil is a grotesque mirror image of The Lovers. Bindweed is number fifteen of the Major Arcana and is a life out of balance.

What I See:

Morning Glories, oh the bane of my backyard once upon a time. Beautiful death. The figure is bound by these strangling vines. Head bowed, eyes closed tight, and huddled upon himself, the man leaves me with a sensation of depression, struggling with an addiction, taking one step forward only to take three steps back. Then there is the shadows in the background…are they leaves? More birds? And speaking of The Birds, does anyone else get a decidedly Hitchcock feeling from those birds chattering above him? :shudder:

Light (upright) Reading:

Someone is playing power games. What is taking more than its fair share of attention or energy?

  • Keywords: Power, Sexuality, Ambition, and Enlightenment.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of addictions or denial becoming more deeply entrenched.

  • Keywords: Bondage, Negativity, Co-dependency, and Fears.


Depression, addiction, bondage (real or figurative), temptation, and oppression are all great things to build a plot around. How about ambition? Or perhaps co-dependency?

How about a retelling of Pan, Dionysus, Hades, Baphomet, or Cernnunos? What about a creature of the night? Channel Alfred Hitchcock or Stephen King and write a simple horror story.

  • Themes: Life Out of Balance, Materialism, Addictions, Ignorance, Despair, Bondage, Limitations, or Oppression.


Bindweed sees no way out, his internal struggle is reflected around him.

  • Archetype: Shadow, Adversary, or Saboteur.

…the Shadow archetype stands for psychoses that not only hamper us, but threaten to destroy us. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

  • Mythical Figures: Pan, Set, Typhon, Satan, and Horned God.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

The Devil is E6: Devil’s Advocate, Loyalist, Troubleshooter, and/or Guardian.

  • Self Image — I do my duty
  • Passion — Fear
  • Virtue — Courage
  • Narcissistic Trap — Security
  • Avoids — Deviance
  • Speaking Style — Warning or Limiting

E6 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.

When the Devil appears in your writing practice, you can take a cue from Pan, and be playful in your writing. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

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