Thursday, February 28, 2013

Theater Thursday

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing... it's Theater Thursday! This week's featured movie is, Scoop
Scoop stars Hugh Jackman as a well known aristrocat living in England. When an American journalism student, Sondra (Scarlett Johansson) gets a tip from the ghost of a dead man that Peter (Jackman) is the London Tarot Card killer she begins an affair with him to get to the bottom of the story. As she falls more in love with him and enjoys her time with him she begins to think the whole idea of him being the Tarot card killer is ludicrous. However, her partner in the story Sid (Woody Allen) believes him to be the killer. 

Sid goes out of his way to help track down the murderer no matter who it might be. He also wants to make sure he's looking out for Sondra. He feels like she's getting sucked into Peter's lies and wants to make sure she doesn't end up the next victim to the Tarot Card killer. Will Sondra make it out of this story alive? Or will she end up in the streets with a tarot card laying on her chest? Sid hopes that she's alive and well! 

It's a cute movie. Watch it! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Just Call Me Martha

When I moved to California in August, I quickly started filling my days with making crafts. It gave me something to do once all of the unpacking was over. It kept me busy and my mind off of missing people and things from back home. Crafts was a good idea. Over time, I scaled back on the crafts but one remained left unfinished. I finally finished it! 

This is the pin that I saw on Pinterest that inspired the whole project....
This is how mine turned out. 
I think it turned out really great. Would I make another one? NO! It was a ton of work. Each one of those rocks had to be placed and glued down. You had to figure out which rocks would lay certain ways, etc. Needless to say it was a big craft. 

If you decide to do this craft here's what you'll need: 

Glue. I used E600.
Rubber Mat. I used a shelf liner.
Rocks. I got mine from the Dollar Store.

I think I used probably around seven or eight bags of rocks. It's about two and a half feet long and a little over one foot wide. It also took two tubes of glue. All in all, I think I have about 15 dollars into this craft. It looks really cute by the door to set your shoes on. So all in all I think it was worth the $15.00 and my time. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Read Along

My latest read on the journey of reading is, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X.
This book was actually given to me and it's typically not the type of subject I would read. Don't get me wrong, I've read a lot of James Patterson books but this one isn't just his average murder mystery novel. Daniel X has more of a science fiction aspect. 

Daniel X is not your average American. He's not even your actual human because he's an alien from another planet. As a young child his parents were killed leaving him all alone in the world to figure out where he came from, what he was and what his mission in life would and should be. What his parents did leave him was a laptop with a hit list on it. The major players from other worlds who are out to destroy earth. Daniel has made it his mission to fight for us and for the memory of his parents. 

He can control things and not just his own emotions. He can create things, people and places. Daniel X is our only hope. 

If you like James Patterson books and a little science fiction with mystery then this is your read. Check it out! This is actually the first book in the Daniel X series and I can't wait to pick up the second one to read. It's an intriguing series and now I'm sucked in! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Review

I went into the weekend with absolutely no plans. I got bored pretty quickly. What do you do when you get bored and want to re-do your bedroom in your new home? Oh... you go shopping! I bought these little beauties which I'll be using as night stands. I love the mirror drawers. 
I'm going for an all white theme except for the bedding, which is full of color. I bought new white lamps, new white frames, got curtains up, moved furniture out of the room and have a few more plans in mind. It's a work in progress. I'm hoping I will be able to finish this month. Maybe I'll count it as my February project. When I get it all done I'll share it! I'm lusting after this  headboard but it's so expensive!
After I got done working on redecorating, I ate tons of candy that my mom gave me for Valentines Day and baked blonde bars and chocolate chip muffins for my coworkers. 

I also added this film poster to my movie room collection....
I also made myself an Origami Owl locket. I had been so busy helping others make theirs I had never had time to sit and do my own. Now I've got mine and I'm sporting it all over town! If you've never heard of Origami Owl or you already love it, go to my site  and check it out! All you have to do is log in/create an account and you'll be able to add to a shopping cart. 
I've got the small watch gear, a hummingbird, an airplane, my birthstone which is pink and pearl. I've got a diamond stone, a movie camera, my initial and a vintage typewriter. I also have an elephant charm but I guess I hadn't put it inside yet when I had taken the photo. Anyways, that was my weekend! How was yours? 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Theater Thursday

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing... It's Theater Thursday! This week's featured movie is, Striking Distance.
Bruce Willis stars as Pittsburgh Detective Tom Hardy. When Tom's dad, a fellow police officer is killed during the investigation of lady killer, Tom loses more than he realizes. Not only does he lose his dad, he loses the respect of his fellow officers when he goes against the force and speaks his mind about the person they have in custody. Tom believes that they've got the wrong man. The force believes that he's off his rocker and that the death of his dad has clouded his vision about the case. What's worse is that the police force isn't only his co-workers but most of them are his relatives. 

A year later, Tom's life has completely changed. He's no longer working on the police force but working on the river rescue team. He hasn't had any contact with his family and his drinking habits haven't improved much. Now he's being assigned a new partner named Jo, who turns out to be a woman (Sarah Jessica Parker).

When women start turning up dead and being found in the river. Tom believes that the real killer is back to his old ways. This time around no one believes him and he's having to do all of the work on his own to track down the psycho who's killing women he knew and leaving the bodies for him to find. Jo might be his only salvation in all of it. If he can get past the fact that he's not working by himself anymore. 

In my opinion this is one of Bruce Willis' best movies. Sarah Jessica Parker was lesser known at the time and does a great job as well. Check this one out! It's got a good twist! And besides, what says Happy Valentines Day better than crime, killings and cop drama?!?

Monday, February 11, 2013


It all started last Tuesday. 

I was having one of those days at work. You know the kind I'm talking about. Where there is a moment that you think to yourself, "I can't keep doing this" or "I'm not going to make it!" I was deep in the throws of one of those. I had even sent a text to my mom saying, "If I didn't have a mortgage, I'd consider quitting." I think we've probably all had one of these kinds of days in our work life. Who knows maybe you haven't?
Good for you

So I was deep in the throws of negativity and wondering if I was ever going to start my new job within my job. They said it could take a little time but when you are having one of
those days just thinking to tomorrow is hard enough. That's when it finally came.... the call! I was going to start my new job within my job the next morning. 
Wednesday was all positive. Thursday was even more positive. Friday  was rolling in the positivity. I am loving it! I'm around some really great people. The work load has been right up my alley and I've been coming into contact with people that I would never have made a connection with. So far it's been really great! 
Did I mention that I get a new schedule with this job? Yep! In another week, no more getting up in the middle of the night (2:15am people!) to go to work. I'll be having a normal life again. I won't be going to bed at 7:00p.m or eating dinner at 4:00p.m. I can't say thank goodness enough! I mean really... this is such a huge blessing and gift. The waking up in the middle of the night has been really rough and hard to get use to. The majority of the people on the shift are nice but no one really wants to be at work at three in the morning! 

Now that so much positivity has came into my life, I'm going to try to keep it going on a roll! I just need to make it through my yearly tests and keep my job and it'll be smooth sailing from there! Those are coming up in the next two weeks so keep your fingers crossed for me! I've got two more tests to go! I'm going to even keep hanging in there when Valentines Day rolls around this week and I'll be celebrating alone. Chin up! Smile on! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Social Sunday

Sunday Social

1. What was your first car?
It was an early 1990's black Pontiac Grand Am 2 door.

2. Who was your favorite childhood teacher?
2nd grade, Miss Arrowood. She was always so fun!

3. Were you involved in any sports/extracurricular activities?
high school
I was a majorette. It all started in the 5th grade! I competitively twirled in middle school and then I was a majorette in high school and in college as well. 
4. What was your favorite birthday party?
I had a bowling party when I was young and I remember a lot of it!

5. Who was your teen celebrity crush?
Keanu Reeves and he still is!!! Love him!

6. What show/movie did your parents not allow you to watch?
You have to remember, The Simpsons was new when I was a kid. Parents were upset with how Bart talked to his parents. How Homer drank around his kids, etc. To this day I think I've only seen one episode ever. Probably because I never watched it as a kid! lol

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Year of Reading Continues On

I'm really trying to make my goal of reading 50 books a reality this year! If you missed my goal or any of my reviews on the books I've read so far, you can find them here .

It's only the beginning of February and I've already read seven books! Only 43 to go! I just finished reading...
The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries Vol. 5 The Asylum by L.J. Smith.

I started reading The Vampire Diaries Series before the television show ever began. Since the show has came onto the air, there has been several new books hit the store shelves and Stefan's Diaries is one of them. This book is the fifth one in the series and it begins where the fourth one left off. 

Stefan Salvatore and his brother Damon are on the run in England. Damon is being accused of being the famous killer, Jack the Ripper. The city of London is scared and they are terrified of going out once darkness falls. Stefan and Damon know otherwise and know who the real ripper is... another vampire. Not only is the vampire wreaking havoc on London, he's wreaking havoc on the Salvatore brothers. 

Damon is being forced to leave his charade as the life of a count to hide underground in what will be the city's new subway tunnels. His fragile relationship with his brother is put to the test once again. In confined quarters with no money, no way of feeding and the entire city on the look out for him, times don't seem great. Will the brothers be able to keep the peace between them long enough to bring justice to the real Jack the Ripper? Or will Damon take the fall for all the young girls' murders? 

If you've never read any of this series... do! Start at the beginning though! You don't want to be left behind or confused! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Theater Thursday

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing around here! It's Theater Thursday! This week's featured movie stars two members of the Brat Pack... Betsy's Wedding
Betsy's Wedding stars Molly Ringwald as Betsy Hopper, as fashion designer in training who's getting married. Her father Eddie (Alan Alda) is a construction contractor who has to go into business with his brother in law to help pay for the wedding. What he doesn't know is that his brother in law is heavily involved with loan sharks. When one of the shark's kids Stevie Dee (Anthony LaPaglia) gets involved with Eddie's other daughter Connie (Ally Sheedy). Eddie starts to get really worried. 

Eddie puts two and two together and realizes that money is being laundered through his construction project. When his brother in law and him go to meet with Stevie Dee and his family about the business they get involved in a shoot out that reveals too much information. Eddie finds out way more information that he bargained for and wants out. The deal is already in place and he can't seem to get out. Now he's worried about who's going to take the fall if the cops get involved. 

Connie, Eddie's other daughter is a police officer.....

This movie is an early 1990's film that re-unites to brat packers Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. It also stars Joe Pesci and Anthony La Paglia before his Without A Trace hit. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Severe Clear

The fourth book in my 2013 reading quest is Severe Clear.
I have been a fan of author Stuart Woods since my early teenage years. I wasn't big into reading growing up but when I was around 13 or 14 years old, I came across one of his books. I don't even know how it came into my possession but it was called Choke. From then on out, I have read every Stuart Woods book. I also own his entire collection as well. He's written more than 50 books and I have never been disappointed in one. 

Severe Clear follows Stone Barrington, a New York City police detective turned lawyer on his latest adventure. This time Stone and his ex partner Dino are taking their sons out to Los Angeles to celebrate the opening of the hotel Arrington. The hotel is honoring the lost life of Stone's late wife Arrington Calder Barrington. 

Having acquired a large amount of wealth and property before her untimely death in part to her previous husband and movie star Vance Calder, Arrington had set in motion the plans for a luxury hotel to be built in Beverly Hills. After she was killed Stone made sure that those plans went forward to honor her memory and continue to build the legacy for their son Peter. Peter who wants to break into show business has already directed and written one blockbuster hit all under the age of 18. 

However, once the group arrives in L.A. they discover things are not what they seem. Someone out there in the world plans to destroy the opening weekend of The Arrington and possibly destroy the city as well. Stone finds himself against the clock to save everyone he cares about the legacy of Arrington. 

If you love mystery and fiction then give Stuart Woods a try. I do suggest starting at the beginning of the Stone Barrington Series which I believe the first book is, New York Dead.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Busy Little Bee

Incase you missed my announcement last month, I became an Independent Consultant for Origami Owl . If you've never heard of Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, then you are missing out! Origami Owl is completely customizable lockets. What you do, is pick out a locket and fill it with tons of charms that represent you and tell the world your story. The charms are interchangeable and you can add and remove charms as much as you like. 
In my spare time, I've been helping people find and build their own lockets to share their stories! It's been so much fun and I love, love, love these lockets. Check out a few of the designs I've done in the past week. 
To remember grandma
For all the Elvis lovers out there!
Celebrating love with a tag !

Plus I'm loving these inspired lockets! I mean look how cute they are! If you are a fan of Twilight or Disney these should be right up your alley! How cute!
If you decide you'd like to get a locket for yourself, family member or friend please let me know! I'd love to be able to help you out! Just use my link , log in/create an account and start adding to your shopping bag! Once you've placed your order, shoot me a message and let me know. I'll track your order and let you know when it should arrive. Also I have a monthly drawing for everyone who makes a purchase. The winner gets a free item! 

Friday, February 1, 2013

It's February!

Today is February 1st and that means it's the month of LOVE!

Valentines Day supplies are filling up the stores. People are making plans with the ones that they love to celebrate Saint Valentines Day. The weather isn't as bitterly cold as it's been and spring is right around the corner. Bright pinks and reds fill up the decor isles of Michaels and Hobby Lobby. This is a happy time...

I'm pretty for sure a lot of this will be going on out in the world... if you get the drift...
However, my Valentines Day won't be any of that. I'll be spending the day working. Then I'll come home and watch a little television, maybe read and then go to bed. Yep. Exciting stuff folks. That's what happens when your relationship is currently long distance. Josh still isn't living in California yet. We've been hoping for months now... six to be exact that he'd be able to come soon. We are still hoping that. Luckily, I was able to go back to West Virginia for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 

Now that Valentines Day is fast approaching, I guess I'm just a little blue. Technically it's just a money endorsed holiday but still. I don't want us to miss any holidays together. We've been together since June 2011 and we've never spent this much time apart, let alone holidays. It's been harder than I thought but we've been getting through it. Here's hoping he can be here by Saint Patrick's Day or before! 

So while you spend this month with the people that you love, remember your single and long distance people need a little love too! lol There is always arts and crafts.....