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I took my sister out for an early birthday present the other night.  We went up to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  They have a program called Summer Nights, where they play a movie outdoors at the amphitheater.  We had so much fun!  The movie we went to see was Mommie Dearest.  I remembered this movie from when I was a kid, but I didn’t remember how hilarious it was.  Not purposely hilarious, but it was so full of overly dramatic moments and lines that, I am sure, back in the day were really effective, but in the here & now, it was just hysterical.  The entire audience laughed throughout the movie.

We had a blast and I loved the outdoor movie atmosphere, so we’ll definitely be going back and I’d really like to take the girls up there sometime as I think they’d get a kick out of it too.

We had plenty of time before the movie started, so we walked around and looked at the gardens for a little bit beforehand.  I wanted to take her into the Lily House, but they were closed for the evening.  We did walk around and look at the outside of the house a little bit though.

My pretty sista!

Pretty flowers from the gardens

Movie Night and Things That Go Bump In The Night

Last weekend I went over to my sister’s house for movie night.  We haven’t done one in a long time.  She found herself with no man and no kids, so she asked me over to watch an old movie.

We decided on Citizen Kane.  She had never seen it and it had been a long time since I’d seen it.  We both enjoyed the movie, but we enjoyed even more the documentary that came with it that told about the story behind the movie and the fight that ensued between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst.  Very interesting and it made the movie that much more cool to me.

After the movie was over, I walked over to the Spinster’s house,  (I think it was like 1:00 in the morning).  She’s a night owl and her light was on, so I called her from my cell and said in my spookiest 1:00 in the morning voice, “I’m on your front porch”.  To which she replied, “I’m wearing no pants.”  To which I replied, “Your windows are open for Pete’s sake!  Put some clothes on!”  🙂 (She will love me for telling you that.)

Anyway, I gave the documentary to her so she could watch it since she is also a lover of old movies and recently watched Citizen Kane again herself.

After that, I went home.  As I was pulling down the driveway, I kept hearing this thumping noise all over the outside of my car.  It was dark and I couldn’t see anything in the headlights, so I had no idea what this was.  At first, I thought maybe I had hit a bird and it was stuck in the grille of my car and wasn’t quite dead yet.  But as I pulled into the garage, the thumping continued.  I sat in the garage for probably a full 5 minutes.  The thumping eased up a little, but never stopped completely, but still I could see nothing.

After much debating on my part, I decided it was a bat.  A large, hairy, black bat with sharp fangs trying desperately to get at me and rip me to shreds.  I then decided that I could not spend the night in my car in the garage.  The garage where the evil camel crickets live and would also be waiting to pounce on me with their long gangly legs.

I counted to three then burst out of my car and ran around it and out of the garage, through the basement and up the stairs while flapping my hands over my head, turning in circles and throwing out random karate kicks.

I made it inside without harm, but even after I got inside, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something terrible was lurking just behind me!

Sometimes I think that I get payback for all of the things I do to warp my children’s minds.  This would probably be my punishment for the stunt I pulled at the sanitarium old inn at McCormick’s Creek.

Star Trek

The Spinster & I went to see Star Trek tonight and I LOVED LOVED LOVED it!  It was action packed from start to finish and I thought the actors did a great job of portraying the characters. If you love Star Trek or even if you just love action movies, you would like this one.

Live long and prosper.  😉


Becoming Jane


Have you guys seen this movie?  I got it from the library and I loved it.  I didn’t really know the whole story on Jane Austen.  I mean, I knew that she never married, but I didn’t know the story behind it.

So sad.  I was blubbering all through it.

Let me just say that while I cannot stand romance novels, (truly I can’t stand them), there is something about Jane Austen’s novels that just draws me in.

Perhaps it is the fact that they aren’t trashy like so many are today.  The characters are so real and interesting and I think the stories are very sweet and heart-wrenching at the same time.

And I guess the fact that they are not modern helps too.  I like history and I especially like historical fiction and novels.

Anyway, everyone has probably already seen it and I’m just behind on the whole thing, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth watching.

The Village

I realize that right before Christmas is probably not the best time to be talking about a spooky movie, but I’ve been itching to watch this movie again lately, for some reason.

It’s M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village or, as Ju and I like to call him, Shammalammalamma.  It’s much funner to say it like that.

I love scary movies.  I don’t like demonic, evil or gory, but I like to be scared.  And this movie is perfect for that.  I literally jumped out of my seat 3 or 4 times in the movie theater while watching this.  And while it didn’t receive great reviews from the critics, I give it 2 thumbs up!  Oh and the soundtrack was really awesome!

It was spooky and scary without being evil and gory.  Loved it!  LOVED it!

So, I’m curious if any of you saw it and if so, what is your opinion?

Oh, and I did watch A Christmas Carole today, the Alastair Sim one (and also the best one in my humble opinion), so I haven’t completely abandoned Christmas!

Bam! Pow! Boom!

Here’s Julie and I with our best batman action sequence shot.

And here is Tana and Ju, all excited and set to go. Tana has on her new Dark Knight T-shirt. She is a total batman freak and let me just say that while Julie and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, we had more fun making fun of her. She was literally on the edge of her seat through the whole movie and she even cheered and clapped loudly throughout the show. It was a hoot!

Also, I believe we were the oldest people in the movie theater. No, I take that back, I saw a couple of guys that I went to school with there, but other than them, we were totally the oldest people there. Tana and I even commented that all of the kids there probably thought we were the mothers of some dorks who weren’t allowed to go without parental supervision.

The movie was totally awesome! I bit off 3 of my fingernails while watching it! I really want to go see it again. We went to the midnight showing and got there an hour early and were lucky to find seats together – it was packed! We sat wedged between these teenage boys who had flatulence and body odor issues. It was lovely.

Heath Ledger was awesome as the Joker. I thought Jack Nicholson was an excellent Joker, but I have to say that Ledger is my new favorite in that area. Michael Keaton will always be the best batman, in my humble opinion. But this movie is really great.

I didn’t get home until 3:40 this morning and when I finally got upstairs to bed, Brian’s alarm was going off. I think I fell asleep around 4:00, then slept in til 8:00. I’m up, but I’m not lookin’ too hot and my eyes are barely open. It’s going to be a lazy day in which nothing really gets done and the house will probably be a wreck. BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT!

I will leave you with my favorite quote from the movie:

“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

-Harvey Dent

“I may not be much Mr. Finch, but I’m still sheriff of Maycomb County. And Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Good night sir.”

What could be better than dinner pedicure and a movie? I can think of nary a thing! Last night my sister came over and gave me a LONG overdue pedicure and then we watched To Kill a Mockingbird. We love that movie! Don’t you just love that movie? And the title of this post is, in my most humble opinion, the best line in the movie. We stayed up really late and had good conversation and laughed til we cried a couple of times. It was so much fun! Did you know that Robert Duvall played Boo Radley? I had no idea! It was his movie debut. He was only 30-something then and I would’ve never known it was him. Am I dumb? Is this common knowledge? I was so shocked when Tana told me that was him. Anyway, we had a great time. Even more impressive is that prior to that my sister, my mother and I all went shopping together and we actually had FUN! I probably should’ve told ya’ll to make sure you were sitting down before I typed that last line, but since your at the computer, the odds are pretty good that you’re already sitting. Scout’s honor – no fights, no bickering, we all really and truly had an enjoyable time together. It was very nice. My mom even bought me this really cool bookshelf at Goodwill that Brian is painting and we are putting in the girls’ room, so thank you mother. I hope there are many more times like that to come! (I mean the family bonding, not the buying of things for me, although that’s always nice too!) 🙂

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