Movie Monday – After the Dark, 300: Rise of an Empire

afterthedarkForgive my brevity; life is full and I barely had time to scratch this together. I have oodles of posts floating around in my mind lately. Too bad there’s no way to record my thoughts and have it all typed for me.

After the Dark. Interesting idea – a philosophy teacher challenges his students to a mental game of apocalyptic survival. Mediocre execution. Slow. Dull. Terrible ending. Don’t watch it


300300: Rise of an Empire was more enjoyable than the first, for me; I think. I don’t remember much about the first except the over-the-top violence and gore. Much the same in this sequel/prequel (you get a little of both). This round, the story had a little more meat to it in my opinion. If you liked the first one or you just like this type of movie, it’s worth a watch.

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt


Movie Monday – Divergent

divergentDivergent was GREAT. I haven’t read the series. I want to, and I had high hopes to read Divergent before the movie came out but no such luck. So I can’t comment on how it compares to the series. From a movie-only perspective, I can say that I think it was very well done. We both really enjoyed it. I was skeptical and I guess you could say ready to be disappointed. Far from it. I anticipated more love interest bogging the story down but not at all. It was a good blend of action, character development, and just a touch of the teen romance. The story provides an interesting look at government (control) and the exploration of the possible consequences of such a design. If you’re not tired of the dystopian theme yet and you enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, then I highly recommend Divergent. We can’t wait to see the next one.

“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.”
~ Veronica Roth, Divergent

Full Bloom

What a difference a few months can make!

I was looking through my phone to show a co-worker some pictures of our yard, knowing that I took some when we toured the property in April before purchasing. It was like looking at a different property! I had no idea it had bloomed so much and looked so different. (It gives me an advance look at how quiet it will look in the winter.) ;-)

Take a look at a few before (April) and after (today) shots:

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Here’s our veggie garden a couple of weeks in…

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And here’s today! I know it’s a different angle but I think you get the idea. ;-)

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We have hydrangeas, grape vines, beautiful ground cover I don’t know the names of, and stargazer lilies (my absolute favorite!).

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Some plants are early bloomers (so I’ve been told by greenthumb friends). Our predecessors at the house sure put a lot of thought into the choices. We are certainly enjoying it all.

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
~ Luther Burbank

Total Chaos

I don’t even know where to start! So much has happened over the last month.

I have photos of the drive from Louisiana to Washington… (sneak peak)…which which Don and I haven’t even LOOKED at yet. LOL Seriously. Life is such total chaos right now.



He drove the U-Haul and towed our van (Rosie) and I followed behind in our little truck (parked behind the van). We have since traded the truck for a larger, used truck and a Subaru. So many freaking changes, lol!

We’ve been out riding our dirt bikes a few times with friends.



He’s got a new bike that doesn’t match mine anymore. :-( It’s got more power and he couldn’t be more thrilled.


The weather has been amazing since we’ve been back. We’ve been trying to take full advantage before it changes.

We’ve been out sailing with new co-workers.

I haven’t been writing.
I haven’t been reading.
We haven’t been watching much TV or movies – although we did watch the entire Season 2 of Orange is the New Black. OMGosh. Now we have to wait SO LONG for the next season, I’m sure. LOL

So, just letting you all know we’re still here. I’m still hoping to be making more frequent appearances and getting back to our normal routine. It just seems like getting back to ‘normal’ sure takes a L O N G time. I hope you all hang in there with me. :-) I hope to make sense of it all soon and be back more regularly.


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
~ Alan Watts

Movie Monday – RoboCop


Image courtesy of IMDb

I really didn’t like the new RoboCop. Granted, I’m not super familiar with the original so I don’t know if it’s better/worse, etc. I just found parts of the movie slow and I didn’t connect with or care about the characters. Don and his brother Kevin seemed to like it a bit more than me but it didn’t wow them either. I think the best part of the film was the satirical character of Pat Novak played by Samuel L. Jackson.

I could have just been too tired to fully appreciate the movie. There are not enough hours in the day lately. We are seeing the light-at-the-end-of-the-moving-tunnel but we are still far from having a regular, routine daily life. We unpacked the last of the boxes over the weekend, made some headway on the weeds and overgrowth of the yard, and organized more around the house. We still have a few boxes of tools and related garage items in the garage to unpack and organize and bare walls throughout the house waiting to be decorated. But I’m not in any hurry on those items. Don starts work today and I am back to work for a full work week with my new job. I’m hoping that in another week or two we’ll have settled into a routine finally. :-)

Pat Novak:  Now you see how fundamental these robots are to our foreign policy.  So why can’t we use these robots at home?  Why are we so robo-phobic?  After all, what’s more important than the safety of American people?
~ RoboCop, 2014