10 June 2016

February in Arizona

Brunch at the Coronet
The moon and good friends
I have been so focused lately on some personal things in my life that I have not been taking enough time to do the things that make me feel whole, like making art, gardening, crafting things, and most of all taking pictures with a real camera (not just my iphone). I used to take so many pictures! I looked back at the last 6 months and I've hardly taken any with my camera. It's sad. I need to get back in that creative space that I really thrive in. Today I just took out my camera for no good reason and snapped a few snaps, then I looked back through the most recent pictures on my memory card and found some fun stuff. Here are some pics I found from our trip to Arizona in February. Good times! If you want to see these pictures in better detail head to my flickr album for this set. 

14 May 2016

I watch movies! Her Alibi (1989)

We got HBO Now a while back so that we could watch Game of Thrones this season. The awesome side effect of that is that there's a ton of other great stuff to watch on there too. Like VEEP, have you seen VEEP? It's so good! You should watch it!

Anyway, this is especially good because we don't have Netflix anymore. The reason why is a long story for another day, but Netflix was getting old anyway. Unlike Netflix, HBO has a ton of great movies that you actually want to watch, where it seems like Netflix just had a ton of movies that you either have already seen and don't want to see again, or have no interest in seeing at all, haha! Maybe I had had Netflix for too long, but I felt like I was running out of movies to watch and only ever watched TV shows. I'll admit Netflix really shines in the TV show department, and I love me some TV.

But you know what, I also really love movies! Especially good ones. But sometimes bad ones too. So my plan is to watch more movies. Side note: I miss video stores where you could go and walk down the isles aimlessly until you found the random flick that caught your interest. Oh the memories!

Anyway, last night while falling in and out of sleep on the couch (long week ya'll) I watched the 1989 hit film Her Alibi, starring one of my personal favs, Tom Selleck. And I rewatched it again today. Spoilers below, as if that even needs to be said for a movie from 1989, haha!

I had never even heard of this flick, which surprised me because it couldn't be anymore more up my alley! Goofball humor! Tom Selleck! Mystery! Main character is a writer! Oh goodness. So, let me tell ya a bit more. Tom Selleck plays a mystery writer named Phil Blackwood, who is having a four year bout of writer's block, and his publisher/editor/whatever is like, you've gotta write a book, STAT! PS the publisher/editor/whatever is played by Williams Daniels, aka MR FEENY from Boy Meets World.

Tom Selleck and Mr Feeny.
 Anyway so in an attempt to get some inspiration he goes to court to watch people being arraigned, and meets a beautiful Romanian woman named Nina (played by Paulina Porizkova) who is being held on suspicion of murder, and he decides it's a good idea to MAKE UP AN ALIBI for this complete stranger and get her out of jail! High jinks ensue. There's a seductive hair cutting scene; a trampoline jumping, heart pounding escape from bad guys in a grocery store; Phil getting shot in the butt with an arrow; Phil falling in a barrel and rolling into a picnic table; oh it goes on and on.

Sexy haircut!

One of the things about this movie that really I like is the way that the action is mirrored by the book that Phil is writing, the next in his series of mystery novels following the detective Peter Swift! He's basing the book on what is currently happening in his life, but the hilarity is that the novel is so hyperbolic compared to what is actually happening, his character Peter Swift is much cooler than he is, level headed, sexy and brave where he is not. The voice over reminds me of Magnum, P.I. but it is much more silly.

So of course Nina finds the book on his computer and reads it and storms out, mad that he is just using her to write a book and doesn't really care about her. He has to win her back by helping her find her parents, circus performers who've defected from Romania!

Clown high jinks!
"How do you say in Romanian, get lost, dickface?" -Tom Selleck

Ok, so this movie is very silly and ridiculous most of the time, but it was fun to watch. 

Her Alibi (1989) Rated PG
Recommended for: people who love Tom Selleck, people who like movies like Foul Play and Bird On A Wire, people who like cheesy 80s movies in general, People who like the hit TV shows Murder, She Wrote or Simon & Simon, people who like silly high jinks.

11 March 2015

Think of the happiest things, it's the same as having wings

A few things I like, snow globes, acorns, Princess Leia, this dog figurine.

I was watching this episode of Parks & Recreation last night and there was this funny bit with the character Craig where any time he got annoyed or angry he would name three things in life that made him happy, the joke was of course that his three things were always so random and funny, but I really liked the idea! When I get sad or angry or annoyed at life, I want to think of things that make me happy. I started a list today, I think it will be an ongoing thing for me.I thought sharing them might make someone else happy too!

Some things in this world that make me happy:
wind chimes
the smell of old books
the smell of fresh coffee
crushed ice
swing sets and teter-toters
a light wind in the trees
birds chirping
babies laughing
racoons washing their food

What are some things that make you happy?

08 March 2015

The last week.

It's been a lovely weekend. Yesterday we spent the morning cleaning, and then spent some time with a friend having a lovely lunch and then hanging out in the yard, enjoying some of the spring blooms that are popping up.  In the evening I watched a few episodes of Orphan Black, which was amazing! It's a very exciting show that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Some pretty yellow blooms from my yard.

And some pretty white blooms.

Brian sampling some brews at Pfriem.

E & me sitting in the sun while we waited for our table.

Some delicious beignets with carmel and chocolate dipping sauces.

Today was spent with family, celebrating my parent's 35th wedding anniversary. Did I mention that the weather was great all weekend long? So great. After getting lunch we took the old highway home from Portland, stopped at the Vista House at Crown Point and at Multnomah Falls, it was so nice!

The lodge at Multnomah Falls.

The view of the falls from the upper bridge.

Looking towards the Columbia River from the upper bridge.

I've also been really enjoying audiobooks lately. I can check them out from the library and listen to them on my iphone while I commute. So convenient! On Tuesday I finished the amazing Yes Please by Amy Poehler, and started My Life in France by Julia Child. I've been really enjoying autobiographies lately, especially ones from cool ladies who I admire. :)

Blurry photo from a drive home from work last week. 

A delicious dinner I made on Wednesday, Morrocan-style chickpeas, collard greens and wild rice. 
Work in progress.

Tonight my plans are working on a couple crochet projects. I'm bummed there won't be any Downton Abbey tonight, but I'm sure I'll find something to watch while I crochet. :)

How was your week?